Democrat Jeremy Cooney declares victory over Republican Mike Barry for NYS Senate 56

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Democrat Jeremy Cooney has declared victory over Republican Mike Barry in the race for the New York State Senate’s 56th district.

With 99% of precincts reported, Cooney held a narrow lead — 50.5% to Barry’s 49.5%. Cooney pointed to the edge that Monroe County Democrats have in absentees submitted, which won’t begin to be counted until November 16.

Monroe County Board of Elections officials reported that 47,675 registered Democrats in the county submitted absentee ballots, compared to 20,489 for registered county Republicans.

Cooney’s campaign released the following statement:

I am humbled to have earned the support to serve as the next State Senator for Greater Rochester. I thank retiring Senator Joe Robach for his many years of service and look forward to bringing our priorities and concerns into the Senate Democratic Majority. In a very divided nation, the Rochesterians know I am committed to working across the aisle to create jobs in upstate, fully fund our schools and help us recover from this health pandemic. I thank the voters for the trust they placed in me, and I promise to hit the ground running and to get results.

Barry’s campaign has not immediately returned a request for comment.

Regardless of the final outcome, it will be a new representative for the district as New York State Sen. Joe Robach announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.

MORE | WATCH: Cooney vs. Barry, New York State Senate 56th district candidates debate on News 8

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