It was a long night for those waiting for results in New York’s 21st Congressional race.
It was a tense night at Democratic headquarters in Plattsburgh Tuesday night as returns for the 21st Congressional district trickled in and showed an extremely tight race all evening. Supporters had been told Congressman Owens would not appear until there was a clear winner. It was nearly midnight before the results showed Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens leading Republican challenger Matt Doheny by about 4000 votes, and the relief was palpable as Bill Owens entered the room.
Clinton County Democratic Chair Marty Mannix was celebrating the Democratic win.
Republican Matt Doheny told his supporters in Watertown that the campaign simply came up short.
Bill Owens says he is not worried about 20 thousand outstanding absentee ballots.
With 98 percent of the votes counted, the unofficial results show Owens with 50-percent to Doheny’s 48 percent, a difference of just over 55-hundred votes.
There appears to be a clear split in the newly drawn district with Democrat Bill Owens carrying the northern counties of the old district while Republican Matt Doheny prevailed in the new southern counties of the 21st district.