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Maloney Tops Hayworth in Tight 18th Congressional Race

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In a neck and neck race for the 18th congressional district, Democrat and incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has beat Republican challenger Nan Hayworth.

Hayworth, who served in Congress for two years before Maloney beat her two years ago, conceded to Maloney after the AP called the race for Maloney Wednesday morning. The race was too close to call on Election Night. Maloney garnered 49 percent of the vote while Hayworth collected almost 48 percent of the race. Third party candidate Scott Smith picked up 2 percent of the vote.

In a statement posted to Hayworth’s Facebook page, she said, “I wish I could be writing you today after a big win. But, unfortunately, that’s not the case. This was a narrow race, for sure. Congressman Maloney currently leads by just over one percent of total votes cast. At this moment, even allowing for our likely majority of the absentee ballots, we don’t see a path to victory. I just got off the phone with Congressman Maloney and congratulated him on his victory and wished him well. We both agree that all of the votes will be counted and we will respect the final tally. No team could have worked with more heart or more talent than ours–or made more remarkable progress against the steepest spending differential of any competitive congressional race in the nation–or have more dedicated friends than you. Hold your head up high. Be proud of your efforts. Our dedication to the best interests of our Hudson Valley and our country will never waver!”

The district covers Dutchess, Orange, Putnam counties and a Northern Westchester.

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