John Katko: ‘It’s clear our campaign has prevailed’ Dana Balter: ‘Every voter’s voice must be heard’

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(WSYR-TV) — Democrat Dana Balter said Wednesday afternoon that her campaign will not comment on the outcome of the race in the 24th Congressional District until all the votes are counted. With all the precincts reporting Balter trails incumbent Republican Congressman John Katko by almost 55,000 votes.

In a statement released to the media Balter thanked all the campaign workers, and poll workers. She also praised the record-breaking voter turnout.

“I am heartened by the record-breaking voter turnout in this district. Our democracy is strengthened by increased engagement in our voting process, and it is critical that we allow our democratic process to play out in every single race, including the presidential race. In an election with unprecedented use of mail-in voting, we must allow time for all mail-in ballots to be counted. Every voter’s voice must be heard.

With over 70,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted in our race — and more still being returned — our campaign will not be commenting on the outcome until the election staff have had appropriate time to tally all the votes. 

We will be monitoring the results closely as the boards of elections continue their important work.” 

dana balter (d) candidate for 24th congressional district

Katko Tuesday night said that the results made it clear that “Central New Yorkers made a resounding choice in this election.” Katko, who did not speak publicly did release a statement.

“The results tonight make clear that Central New Yorkers made a resounding choice in this election.  I am honored and humbled to have once again earned the strong support of our community.

“I promised Central New Yorkers I would act as an independent voice in Congress, and work with both Republicans and Democrats to deliver bipartisan results for our region. As our nation and community emerge from this pandemic, we need strong leaders in Congress who are willing to work across party lines.  The voters recognize that, and I remain committed to that work. As the outstanding absentee ballots are counted in NY24, it’s clear our campaign has prevailed.”

John katko (r) – 24th congressional district

With all in-person votes counted Katko had 155,830 votes and Dana Balter had 100,728. Absentees have not yet been counted.

The 24th Congressional District covers the following:

  • Cayuga County
  • Onondaga County
  • Parts of Oswego County
  • Wayne County

The Towns of Granby, Hannibal, Minetto, Oswego, Palermo, Schroeppel, Scriba and Volney are in this district. It also includes the City of Fulton and the City of Oswego.

In 2018, Katko defeated Balter by five percentage points.

The race back in 2018 felt a lot like the presidential race in 2016. Dana Balter won Onondaga County just like Hillary Clinton did. Balter had a nearly 3,800 vote advantage over John Katko in the county.

But, Republican Incumbent Katko took Cayuga, Wayne and the part of Oswego County that falls in the 24th District. These areas were also won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

Katko won Wayne County by 6,800 votes, which was his biggest win. He won Cayuga County by around 5,700 votes and gained a nearly 5,000 vote advantage in the part of Oswego County in the district.

When you add it all up, Katko beat Balter by about 13,700 votes in 2018 to keep his seat for another term in Congress.


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