WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is on her way to a fourth term in the House of Representatives.
Watch the video above for what aired live on our late Tuesday night broadcast. 7 News anchor Garrett Domblewski recaps the race in the video below.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the 21st Congressional District, the incumbent Republican has 64 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb’s 36 percent.
The vote stands at 164,938 for Stefanik and 91,233 for Cobb.
Even though there are at least 55-thousand absentee votes to be counted, even if Cobb got all of those votes, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the huge lead Stefanik ran up on election night.
Speaking to her supporters Tuesday night, Cobb said, “But friends, we know that there just are not enough ballots out there for us to get over the finish line.”
Despite her decisive victory, Stefanik called this her most challenging race yet.
“This has been the toughest race that I’ve ever run and I wanted to thank you all for your overwhelming vote of support,” she said.
This is the second time Stefanik and Cobb have faced off against each other. In 2018, Stefanik came away with 56 percent of the vote, while Cobb got 42 percent of the vote (131,981 to 99,791). A Green Party candidate got 1.5 percent of the vote.
At the time Stefanik won her seat in Congress in 2014, she was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, a title now held by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Stefanik remains the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House.
With a second failed attempt to unseat Stefanik in the House of Representatives, Cobb highlighted the issues she’s tried to shine a light on.
“We have fought for access to quality and affordable health care, to protect Medicare and Social Security, and to end the corrosive and corruptive influence of corporate money in politics,” Cobb said.
Asked Tuesday morning about running again in 2022, Cobb only offered that she would continue her work in her community, in whatever role is required.
Stefanik says she’s ready continue her work in the north country, as well.
“To make sure that issues like Fort Drum, that there’s an understanding of how important they are and I will always be the number one and chief advocate for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division,” Stefanik said.
The district covers 12 counties, including Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. It also includes Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Fulton, Warren and Washington, and parts of two other counties, Herkimer and Saratoga.