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Republicans and Conservatives united this time around, but still couldn’t defeat U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in a heavily Republican district on Tuesday.
Owens had 108,464 votes, or 50.1 percent, while Republican challenger Matt Doheny had 104,403 votes, with 574 of 616 precincts reporting on Tuesday night, according to The Watertown Daily Times.
“I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to bring tonight’s victory home. Now it’s time to get back to work helping to create jobs, passing a bipartisan Farm Bill and strengthening the middle class,” Owens said in a statement.
By the narrowest of margins, it appears that Democrat Bill Owens will be returning to Congress.
With 93 percent of the vote in Tuesday night, Owens had a lead of 108,464 to 104,403 over Republican challenger Matt Doheny.
Doheny called Owens to concede the race shortly after midnight.
U.S. Rep. William L. Owens has won a third term in Congress, defeating Republican Matthew A. Doheny, 50 to 48 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.
At a campaign rally in Plattsburgh after all precincts had reported, Mr. Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat, told raucous partygoers he would continue to fight for his constituents.
“It’s an honor to represent each of you in Congress,” Mr. Owens said.