Democrat David Weprin has conceded the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
In a statement, Weprin congratulated Republican Bob Turner for a “well-fought campaign.”
He adds, “He [Turner] will now have the honor of representing Brooklyn and Queens in Congress, and I hope that he will work every day to represent all of the diverse communities that make up the 9th Congressional district.”
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Turner has 54 percent of the vote compared to Weprin’s 46.
The retired media executive pulled off a victory in the the 9th Congressional District covering parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
He could be sworn-in as early as tomorrow.
Turner has vowed to bring business practicality to Washington and to push back on spending and taxes.
He says the election proves voters are dissatisfied with President Barack Obama’s economic policies.
“This country has been plagued by apathy and indifference to the political process and I think we’re all waking up and I am more than thrilled to lead the charge,” Turner told supporters last night.
Weprin was once thought to be an easy-in.
Democrats hold a 3-to-1 registration advantage in the district, which has not elected a Republican to Congress since the 1920s.