Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney conceded defeat to Republican Mike Lawler in a race to represent a House district in New York’s Hudson Valley, a spokeswoman said.\n\nMr. Lawler, a state lawmaker, ran as a moderate Republican and promised to challenge the Biden administration on policies that he said have weakened the U.S. economy. During his campaign, he said he would cut back spending to try to reduce inflation and work to improve immigration policies and reduce crime rates.\n\nMr. Maloney, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has represented a neighboring district since 2012. He competed against Mr. Lawler for a district that’s located closer to New York City than his current district.\n\nThe Associated Press has yet to call the race. With 98% of the vote counted, Mr. Lawler had 50.6% to 49.4% for Mr. Maloney.\n\nMr. Maloney’s loss is a bad sign for Democrats: the district that he switched to campaign in was considered even more likely to elect Democrats than his current district. His move displaced another popular Democrat, Rep. Mondaire Jones, who later lost his primary for another nearby district.\n\nMr. Maloney, a lawyer who worked for the Clinton administration, has focused on agriculture, national security and transportation issues while in office. On the campaign, he said he helped draft the $1 trillion public-works legislation passed last year, supports women’s rights including abortion access and has written more than 40 bills that have become law. His campaign website says he is the highest-ranking gay member of the House.