Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) endorsed GOP special-election candidate Dede Scozzafava on Monday, saying a vote for her Conservative Party opponent is tantamount to a vote for the Democrats in the close 23rd Congressional District race in New York.

King, who is one of just two Republicans in the New York delegation, is the latest to step forward and back the centrist Scozzafava, who faces losing support to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) backed Scozzafava as well.

In a statement, King made the case that voting for Hoffman will only help Democrat Bill Owens win.

"Dede is the only Republican candidate in this race, and the only candidate with a proven record that Republicans can trust in Washington," King said. "A vote for either of her opponents is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her far-left, radical agenda."