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Hayworth concedes via email; Maloney 'fired up'

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth speaks durings a news conference

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth speaks durings a news conference about rebuilding the Forge Hill Road bridge in New Windsor. (Aug. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

Electing to send out a thank-you note to supporters rather than give a speech, incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth on Wednesday morning conceded her loss in the 18th Congressional District race to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney.

"The election of 2012 is over, and while the results didn't go our way, nobody could've fought harder or more honorably than our team," Hayworth wrote in an email to supporters that was sent shortly before 10 a.m.

"I'll continue to do all I can to serve the cause of individual liberty and opportunity that is uniquely American," wrote Hayworth.

She also promised to work with Maloney to ensure a smooth transition.

With 613 of 630 precincts reporting results as of early morning Wednesday, Maloney had 52 percent of the vote in the 18th Congressional District, which includes parts of Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Hayworth had 48 percent. The gap was about 8,400 votes.

Eight districts were still to be counted in Orange County and nine in Westchester County. Elections officials in both counties were expected to resume counting Wednesday morning. The vote tallies in Putnam and Dutchess were complete.

Orange County election Commissioner Susan Bahren said election officials were unable to count votes from the eight districts Tuesday night -- the districts are scattered out across the county -- because a problem with voting machines rendered them unable to read vote totals.

Bahren said officials were going to read ballots later Wednesday morning and said the results would be counted by 3 p.m.

Westchester election officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

Supporters who woke up to the news of the upset victory posted condolences on Hayworth's campaign Facebook page.

"This is a tragedy," wrote Claudette LaJam. "Nan was one of the hardest working and smartest members of Congress."

"Nan, you have been a great congresswoman, and I sincerely hope that you will stay active in politics -- we need you!" posted Mary Kate Kirmse Pendergast.

Hayworth's congressional and campaign staff didn't immediately return phone calls early Wednesday morning.

Maloney sent an email to supporters early Wednesday morning proclaiming victory in the race.

"I'm headed to Congress fired up and ready to help make this country a place where the words 'equality' and 'opportunity' carry serious weight," he wrote.

Other U.S. House races

In House District 16, 10-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel easily defeated Republican challenger Joseph McLaughlin. With 92 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Engel had 77 percent of the vote to McLaughlin's 21 percent.

In District 17, Rep. Nita Lowey handily won a 13th term in the House. The Democrat turned back her Republican challenger, Rye town Supervisor Joe Carvin, 64 percent to 35 percent, with 97 percent of precincts in.

In District 19, incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Gibson was projected to win a second term. With 82 percent of precincts in, Gibson had 53 percent of the vote against his Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman.

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