Republicans scored a big victory in New York City this year, forcing Democrat Rep. Max Rose out of his seat in the U.S. House.
Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis will head to Congress next year after Rose conceded defeat in the race for New York’s 11th district, the Daily Caller reported.
GOP knocks out Staten Island Democrat
Rose, a one-term Democrat congressman and Army veteran, was a member of the moderate Blue Dog coalition. Malliotakis defeated him running on a “law and order” agenda.
Malliotakis previously challenged Mayor Bill DeBlasio in New York City’s mayoral race in 2017, according to Spectrum News. The New York state assemblywoman first rose to the state legislature in 2010.
Although she declared victory on Election Night, Rose conceded defeat more than a week later after several more days of counting ballots made it clear he lost the 11th district, which contains all of Staten Island and southern Brooklyn, according to the New York Post.
“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% margin, it is now clear that we will fall short of 50.1%. I have called to congratulate [Malliotakis] on her win and concede,” Rose tweeted Thursday.
“Representing [New York’s 11th district] has been the honor of my life,” he added. “On behalf of Leigh, Miles and myself: thank you for this privilege. I love Staten Island and Brooklyn. This is our home. No matter the challenges we face, I will be fighting with you.”
A “hard-fought” victory
According to the Daily Caller, Rose flipped the seat to Democratic control in 2018 after beating Republican Rep. Dan Donovan.
But Democrats suffered losses nationwide in this year’s House races, with many attributing the results to the party’s leftward pivot. It looks like Rose was one such casualty: although seen as a moderate, Rose endorsed Black Lives Matter and pushed back on conservatives who criticized protests and riots in a speech on Election Night.
“Young Staten Islanders marched to express their pain. And for that — they were called rioters and thugs on national television,” he said, according to the Daily Caller.
Malliotakis, meanwhile, issued a statement vowing to fight against high taxes, crime, and socialism.
“I want to thank everyone who made this hard-fought victory a reality,” she said, according to the New York Post. “I also want all constituents of the 11th Congressional District to know that I will continue my fight for safe streets, to rein in taxes, rebuild our economy and to preserve the American Dream against the crawl of socialism for future generations.”