GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur Not Ready To Concede Despite AP Call

US Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting in Willingboro, New Jersey on May 10, 2017.MacArthur wrote the amendment to the American Health Care Act that revived the failed bill, delivering a legislative victory for US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press may have called his tight race for his Democratic opponent, but Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) isn’t quite ready to concede.

MacArthur seemed surprised when TPM asked him about the Wednesday AP call as he walked to the House shortly before 3 p.m. ET.

“I hadn’t even seen the AP call,” he told TPM when asked about the news. “I have no reaction because I haven’t seen it.”

MacArthur, a key player in House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal efforts, trailed former Pentagon adviser Andy Kim by roughly 4,000 votes when the AP made the call more than a week after the election.

But news of the AP’s decision wasn’t quite enough for the two-term lawmaker.

“I’ll make an announcement when I’m ready to,” he said, repeating that line when asked what information he was waiting on before conceding.

Kim’s victory is the latest good news for House Democrats, who have won a majority of the races that were too close to call on election night.

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