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Democratic challenger Dan Maffei on Friday conceded defeat to Republican incumbent James Walsh in the race for the 25th Congressional District.

Preliminary vote totals on Election Day showed Walsh with a lead of about 4,000 votes.

Recanvassing of voting machines and the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots this week cut into Walsh's lead by about 1,000 but it became clear Maffei would not be able to make up the difference.

“As we've said all along, it's important that every single vote be counted, and we've respected that process since election night,” Maffei said in a news release Friday. “However, it is becoming apparent that we will not be able to gain enough votes to change the outcome.”

Walsh issued a statement Friday saying he was “pleased with the confirmed outcome of last week's election” and said he has reaffirmed his commitment to “creating jobs, securing our nation, and advancing the needs of New York State in Congress.”

Walsh has held the position for 18 years.

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