Democrat concedes to Republican, keeping Peter King’s New York House seat in GOP hands

Democratic congressional candidate Jackie Gordon has conceded to GOP candidate Andrew Garbarino in New York’s 2nd district, keeping the open seat left by retiring Rep. Peter King (R-NY) in Republican hands, the Washington Examiner reported.

House Democrats went into the November election with high hopes, with some polling firms predicting the party would increase their majority by a double digit margin.

When all was said and done, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was left barely holding onto her party’s majority status.

Democrat concedes

As noted by the Examiner, Gordon lost the seat despite speculation that Democrats would have an advantage because of changing demographics in the district.

Money was also poured into the campaign as Democrats were hopeful they could take the seat after King’s smaller margin of victory in 2018.

Nevertheless, Garbarino prevailed and Gordon released her concession statement last week.

“From the beginning, our campaign has been focused on rejecting division and extremism, exemplifying inclusion, and improving the lives of hardworking Long Islanders here on the South Shore. I am deeply humbled by the support and encouragement we have received from voters who share our vision. Although we were not victorious, this race was history for so many reasons” she said.

Garbarino accepts

Garbarino, a lawyer and small-business owner, responded shortly after Gordon’s concession with a statement accepting Gordon’s concession and announcing his own plans for the district.

“I am honored and excited to succeed Congressman Peter King and represent New York’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington,” Garbarino wrote.

He continued, “In addition to supporting small businesses and fighting to lower taxes, I look forward to working with our brave law enforcement to keep communities safe, fighting to preserve our environment, supporting our veterans, and delivering real results for Long Island families.”

When it comes to defying expectations, Garbarino is far from the only one. Although votes are still being counted in some jurisdictions, it appears that Republicans may control as many as 213 districts, Roll Call reported.

Two hundred and eighteen votes are needed to maintain a majority in the House of Representatives, which means that Democrats can afford little in the way of absences or defections when it comes time to vote on legislation.

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