Republican Jim Tedisco announced Friday that he will step down as minority leader in New York State's assembly.

Tedisco is currently running in a special election for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) former House seat. He currently holds a narrow lead over Democrat Scott Murphy in the race.

For the better part of three years, it has been my privilege, my honor, to have served as leader of what I believe are the best, the brightest, the hardest-working public servants in all of New York state: the men and women of our Assembly Republican Conference, Tedisco said in a statement Friday.

I will continue to strongly support the conference as a member of Congress.Tedisco's decision to step down also comes as the Albany Times-Union reported Friday that he was facing a vote of no confidence from his conference.

According to the paper, anonymous state GOP sources said they were content to let Tedisco stay in leadership during his brief six- week campaign, but wanted to move on now that no end is in sight.

Murphy initially held a 65-vote lead over Tedisco after Election Day, but mandatory recanvassing has turned the race so Tedisco now holds a narrow 12-vote lead.

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