BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Longtime Republican State Senator Marty Golden has conceded his tight race with Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes.
That means Gounardes will represent Brooklyn's 22nd State Senate District in Albany.
After the election on November 6, Gounardes was ahead of Golden by about 1,100 votes.
That was a lead of about two percentage points.
Golden said he would not concede until all of the ballots were counted.
But he appears to have come up short.
Golden released a statement saying, "As the Board of Elections completes its final count of this year’s close election, I congratulate Andrew Gounardes and wish him well in his service to the people of the 22nd State Senate District. As I think of the future, my supporters, neighbors and friends can be sure that I will still always look for opportunities to make our neighborhoods an even better place to live, work and raise a family."
This is Gounardes' second attempt to unseat Golden, who was first elected to the State Senate in 2003.
The win by Gounardes gives Democrats eight pickups in the most recent State Senate election, giving them at least a 15-seat majority.