NEW YORK CITY — Democrat David Weprin has conceded defeat in the New York special election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Weprin released a statement Wednesday morning saying he had called Republican rival Bob Turner to congratulate him on a well-fought campaign.
Turner won an upset victory Tuesday in a heavily Democratic district covering parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Weprin said he was proud that his campaign drew attention to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
Turner’s win was a rebuke to President Barack Obama, who won the district by 11 points in 2008 but has seen his popularity slide in New York and nationally amid high unemployment and a weak economy.
With Turner’s win, Republicans now hold 242 seats in the House to 192 for Democrats. There is one vacancy.