Democrat Andrea Smyth on Tuesday conceded to Republican Steve McLaughlin in the race for Rensselaer County executive a week after Election Day showed him narrowly leading her in the vote count.

Elections officials in the county for the last several days had counted absentee ballots, but Smyth concluded Tuesday she was too far behind to catch up to McLaughlin’s total.

“I’m so grateful to the people of Rensselaer County for everything that they’ve done for supporting me and turning out for me and the well wishes of the last few days,” Smyth told Spectrum News. “But we really were not gaining any ground and I think the results will stand.”

McLaughlin, who had previously declared victory last week, is taking the helm of the county after a tumultuous Republican primary against Deputy County Executive Chris Meier. He is a staunch critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has considered in the past running for governor himself.