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    Republican Beats Powerful House Democrat in Stinging Loss for Democrats

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    The campaign for the 17th district House seat in New York has been extremely close, but Republican Mike Lawler has been declared the winner while the midterm election results are still being tallied.

    “NEWS: Sean Patrick Maloney, the chairman of the DCCC, just called Republican Mike Lawler to concede his Lower Hudson Valley race. This is a stinging loss for Democrats, and Maloney in particular, on a night when the party otherwise faired better than expected,” Nicholas Fandos, a political reporter for the New York Times Metro department, wrote.

    Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, received 49.46 percent of the vote, according to 270towin, while Lawler received 50.54 percent.

    The New York Times likewise reported Maloney’s concession and Lawler’s triumph despite the fact that Associated Press had not yet declared the winner.

    On Twitter, one of Lawler’s campaign spokespeople also confirmed the information.

    Wm. F. B. O’Reilly tweeted, “NY-17 Update: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney just called to graciously concede to @lawler4ny. News conference in Rockland at 2 pm.”

    Since the DCCC is highly influential in New York and there has not been a loss like this in decades, the Times noted that it is a particularly notable setback for Democrats.

    “The concession was a telling and significant outcome for a lawmaker who serves as the leader of the Democratic Party’s campaign operation in the House. And it was the first time since the early 1990s that the chairman of either party’s House campaign committee lost a race for re-election,” according to the Times.

    The Times observed that Lawler, a first-term assemblyman, was well-known for his vigorous campaign against Maloney.

    The assemblyman “rode a wave of discontent and traditional midterm strength by the party out of the White House into a major win,” according to the Times, who also noted that Maloney and Lawler had a difficult battle.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Meanwhile, the results of the 25 other New York representative seats that were up for grabs are trickling in, or at least getting closer to being called, according to 270towin updates.

    Republicans won in districts one, two, 11, 21, 23, and 24, so far, according to 270towin.

    Thus far, Democrats have taken districts five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 25, and 26.

    There were still six districts that had not been called by Wednesday afternoon. CONTINUE READING…

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