North Country Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, appears to have defeated Republican challenger Matt Doheny for a second time.
Doheny conceded the election a few minutes after midnight Wednesday.
"We came up short," he said.
"It's that simple and it wasn't because lack of effort. We worked at this for quite some time."
With 99 percent of districts reporting, Owens captured 50 percent of the vote compared with the 48 percent Doheny received.
In accepting victory, he had a few words for his constituents.
"I want them to know I'll work with the Republicans, Democrats, the Green Party. And I want them to come to me with solutions," the congressman said.
The candidates faced off against each other for the seat two years ago.
Green Party candidate Don Hassig received 1 percent of the vote.
"I don't know how Republican this 21st Congressional District is anymore and I think we'll see that," Doheny said.
"We were close in almost every area of the new district," Owens said. "In some senses, that was very refreshing."
After two campaigns for Congress, Doheny says he's calling it quits in politics.
The biggest advantage for Owens seemed to come from what is considered Doheny's home turf, the western part of the district. In those counties -- St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis -- Owens took 52 percent of the vote compared with Doheny's 46.
In Owens's home turf, the eastern part of the district, Owens won 54 to 45 percent.
It was in the newest part of the district, which is heavily Republican, Doheny won 54 to 45 percent.
There are still absentee ballots to count, but those totals are unlikely to change the outcome.
Here are the results from other races:
In the race for the 48th State Senate District, incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie is the likely winner, leading Democrat Amy Tresidder 70 percent to 30 percent, with 98 percent of the districts reporting.
"You know I focused on my record and I worked really hard," Ritchie said, "been out for the last two years."
"I'm glad that people were happy with what we did."
In the race for the 115th State Assembly District, incumbent Republican Janet Duprey is the likely winner with 53 percent. Democrat Timothy Carpenter has 26 percent and Conservative Karen Bisso has 21 percent. All the districts have reported.
In the race for the 118th State Assembly District, Republican Marc Butler is the likely winner, leading Democrat Joseph Chilelli 69 to 31 percent with 100 percent of the districts reporting.
Republican Dan King has defeated Democrat Kevin McArdle for Lewis County Court judge 51 percent to 49 percent, with 100 percent of the districts reporting.
The Village of Chaumont has voted not to dissolve. The "No"s won, 59 to 41 percent.
In Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney, 53 to 47 percent, with 99 percent of the districts reporting
Running unopposed were:
- Joe Griffo of the 47th State Senate District
- Ken Blankenbush of the 117th State Assembly District
- Addie Russell of the 116th State Assembly District
For results of elections not on the list, check your county's board of elections website.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, Watertown, NY
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