Democratic Rep. Max Rose has conceded the 11th congressional district race to Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, his campaign on Thursday announced.
Malliotakis's victory means a Republican will once again represent a New York City-based House district after Rose in 2018 ousted Republican Dan Donovan.
Rose in a statement said the gap between him and Malliotakis would not be made up in absentee votes.
“As we continue to count every ballot and are on track to dramatically narrow the gap by tens of thousands of votes to a 4-5 point margin, it is now clear that we will fall short of 50.1%. I have called to congratulate Congresswoman-elect Malliotakis on her win and concede the race. I promise every resident of the 11th Congressional District that we will ensure a smooth transition," Rose said.
“Our city, and our country, stand at a crossroads. Far too many Americans feel unseen, unheard or even betrayed by those entrusted with leading us through these difficult times. All of us in public life have a responsibility to try to heal the divisions and restore faith and trust in each other. I know that we can summon that spirit because we’ve done it before."
Malliotakis was first elected to the state Assembly representing Staten Island in 2010. She was the Republican nominee for mayor of New York in 2017.
Rose and Malliotakis vied for one of the most competitive House districts in New York, a key and rare downstate swing district.