Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will not run for the 11th congressional district, essentially yielding the GOP nomination to Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan.

Malliotakis, who first confirmed the news to NY1’s Zack Fink, said in a statement she will back the Republican nominee for the seat vacated by disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, who resigned following a guilty plea on a tax evasion charge.

Malliotakis had the backing of former Gov. George Pataki as well as the informal support of Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton.

However, Statend Island Republicans have rallied around Donovan, the DA who presided over the Eric Garner grand jury, as its favored candidate to replace Grimm.

Here is her statement:

“Over the past few weeks, an overwhelming number of constituents and supporters have urged me to explore the recently vacated congressional seat representing Brooklyn and Staten Island. I am truly humbled and appreciative of the grassroots effort made on my behalf by those I currently represent in the State Assembly. While I believe conventions including all members of the Brooklyn and Staten Island county committees would have provided an open nomination process, I respect the decision of Chairman Antoniello and believe it is important that we unite behind Dan Donovan’s candidacy to ensure we maintain New York City’s only Republican seat. Accordingly, I have chosen to end my exploration activities today and will not pursue the nomination process for the Conservative Party, Independence Party, or Kings County Republican Committee. I want to thank Governor George Pataki, Brooklyn Conservative Chairman Jerry Kassar, Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton, as well as the countless members of our community and people across the country, who have privately and publicly expressed their support for a potential candidacy.”