It was a Staten Island stunner.
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis appears to have dispatched incumbent Democratic Rep. Max Rose from Congress, taking a dramatic but early 16 point lead that ended a bitter multimillion-dollar contest between them.
Malliotakis won 58 percent of the ballots cast during early voting and on Election Day, while Rose netted just 42 percent, according to tallies from 98 percent of precincts.
Malliotakis declared victory in a speech to supporters late Tuesday.
“This race was about the brave men and women of the NYPD and all our law enforcement and first responders,” she said, thanking the police unions for early endorsements in the race. “This is one elected official who will always have their back.”