Almost a month after the election, Assemblyman James Tedisco (R-Glenville) has conceded in the race for the vacant 20th Congressional District seat to Democrat Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls).
Election night totals were too close to call and a recount showed Murphy’s lead expanding.
In a statement, Tedisco congratulated Murphy and said he’d work with him in his role as a local assemblyman.
“Mary [his wife] and I would like to thank the citizens of the 20th Congressional district for their kindness, courtesy and patience shown during this extended campaign,” Tedisco said. “This was a closely contested election that perhaps lasted a little longer than anyone may have expected or wanted. But it was important for our electoral process and for the hard-working people of Upstate New York that it be resolved fairly and decisively.
“Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well as the next congressman of the 20th Congressional district. I also expressed my willingness to work with him to ensure that the families of Upstate New York are not left behind as our nation strives for economic recovery.”
“This was a close campaign every step of the way. Ultimately, it became clear that the numbers were not going our way and that the time had come to step aside and ensure that the next congressman be seated as quickly as possible. In the interest of the citizens of the 20th Congressional district and our nation, I wish Scott the very best as he works with our new president and Congress to address the tremendous challenges facing our country.
“Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to all the volunteers, staff, supporters and – most importantly – my family, for their unending support and prayers. They all poured their blood, sweat and tears into this campaign and for that I will always be eternally grateful.”
As of this morning, Murphy held a lead of more than 400 votes, according to the state Board of Elections. The tally stood at 80,376 to 79,967.
The diverse district stretches from the Adirondack Mountains to the mid-Hudson Valley. It has more than 196,000 registered Republicans compared to about 125,000 Democrats.
Murphy replaces Kirsten Gillibrand, who succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate.