By Renata Stiehl
ERIE COUNTY, NY (WENY) – Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has conceded in the republican primary for New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
Paladino did not concede Tuesday evening after results came in with Nick Langworthy in the lead, citing “statistical irregularities” in a number of counties. Wednesday afternoon, he thanked his supporters and said it’s time for what comes next.
Paladino issued the following statement:
“I am truly blessed with the greatest family and friends in the world. Western New York is my home, and I am humbled by the voters who turned out to support me. My story is proof that the American dream is possible. I want to personally thank Assemblyman David DiPietro, Rob Astorino, Tim Howard, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for their friendship and support during this race. I also want to thank my staff and the hundreds of volunteers who helped my campaign. It is time to move onto the next chapter of my life. I am forever grateful for this community. I will always advocate for Western New York.”
According to results posted on the New York State Board of Elections, state GOP chairman Nick Langworthy came out on top in the closely contested primary, with 51% of the vote, compared to Paladino’s 47%.