In a historic victory for the GOP, a Republican candidate has dealt a stunning defeat to the Democrats by beating Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).
The win marks the first time in 40 years that a Republican has unseated the DCCC chair.
Maloney conceded his race on Wednesday after suffering a stunning loss against state Assemblyman Mike Lawler.
This is a huge blow to the Democratic Party because Maloney was in charge of helping other House Democrats win.
With each GOP win, control of the House seems more certain.
Maloney told reporters today at a press conference that he called Congressman-elect Lawler “to congratulate him on a good win.”
“I don’t like to lose, but my opponent won this race and he won it fair and square.
“And that means something.
“So I’m going to step aside.
“Democrats stood our ground and we believe Nov. 8, 2022, will be a signature date in American political history.”
Mike’s victory just sent SHOCKWAVES across the country as he FIRED failed DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney!! #REDWAVE
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 9, 2022
Maloney sounded resigned to the Democrats losing the House majority too, saying:
“We gave it our all, and we beat the spread.”
The district, which covers parts of the Hudson Valley, voted for President Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020.
A sitting House campaign committee chair has not lost re-election since 1992.
Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney — the chair of the @DCCC — LOST his race.
“A sitting House campaign committee chair has NOT lost re-election since 1992.” pic.twitter.com/Svq60pqEG2
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 9, 2022
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 (@npfandos) November 9, 2022