Republican Concedes Tight New York House Race
After an election night scare, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of New York won a 15th term Wednesday when her Republican rival conceded the race.
The race was close — currently 869 votes — and officials tabulated ballots for almost a week after Election Day. Slaughter’s razor-slim margin over Republican Mark Assini shocked Democrats and Republicans — both of whom were surprised by the close race.
Assini conceded Wednesday, according to The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . A Slaughter spokesman confirmed the concession to CQ Roll Call and added Assini called the congresswoman to congratulate her.
House Democrats have lost a net of 12 seats so far in last week’s elections. The Associated Press has yet to declare a winner in five House races, including Slaughter’s contest.
- Freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., doubled her margin to more than 2,000 votes and released a statement declaring victory in the race. But Republican Jeff Gorell’s campaign showed no hint of concession in an earlier afternoon Facebook
- Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., has a tougher track to re-election as he trails retired Air Force Col. Martha E. McSally, a Republican, by 133 votes. Arizona voters must present identification by Wednesday evening for provisional ballots to be counted. If the margin at 7 p.m. EST is fewer than 200 votes, the race goes into an automatic recount.
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