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Mitrano, Balter concede in respective congressional races

Celia Clarke / WSKG Public Media
Tracy Mitrano conceded her congressional race to Tom Reed Friday.

Democrat Tracy Mitrano conceded to Republican Rep. Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd Congressional District on Friday. Reed had already declared victory with more than 60% of the vote. The Associated Press had previously called the race for Reed, as well.

Mitrano, who also lost to Reed in 2018, had said she would not concede until every absentee vote was counted.

“Tompkins County, the seat of the lion’s share of Democratic votes, does not project completion any earlier than late next week,” Mitrano said in a statement. “Although the counting of absentee ballots continues to narrow the margin, the math has long pointed to a clear victory for my opponent.”*

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Dana Balter conceded to Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in the race for New York’s 24th Congressional District on Friday.

Katko had a lead of 44,729 votes by the end of the day Thursday, according to Syracuse.com. There were just 40,000 absentee ballots left to count at that point, meaning Balter could not overcome Katko’s lead.

In a statement, Balter said it’s important every vote is still counted, even if the current numbers make it clear her campaign does not have a path forward.

“I thank all those at the boards of elections for their professionalism and want to reiterate that they need to be given the time and space to finish their work,” Balter said.

Balter tried to unseat Katko in 2018, losing by about 5% points. She performed well in polls from Siena College/Syracuse.com prior to this year’s general election.

Republican candidates are leading in Congressional races across Central New York. In New York’s 22nd Congressional District, former Republican representative Claudia Tenney had a lead of more than 21,000 votes over Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) on Thursday.

In New York’s 19th Congressional District, incumber Democrat Antonio Delgado declared victory in the race. Republican challenger Kyle Van De Water has not conceded.

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