The 24th Congressional District featured a hotly contested rematch. Although the race has not been conceded, one candidate is ahead. Thousands of absentee ballots are still outstanding. Iris St. Meran talked to the campaigns of Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum conceding early on Election Night, the race for the 24th Congressional District became a repeat of two years ago: Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican Ann Marie Buerkle battling for the seat. Maffei stopped short of officially declaring victory but called himself the 'comeback kid.'
"I am confident when all votes are counted I will be your next Congressman," said 24th Congressional District Congressman-Elect Dan Maffei.
Early polls predicted the race would be a dead heat. But that was not the case. Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle thanked her supporters at Republican headquarters.
Incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle said, "You are great Americans and this is a time for all of us to say thank you for what you do for our party and community. I am afraid this is going to be somewhat of a replay, maybe not of last time."
Maffei says there are still many votes to be counted. There are 21,000 absentee ballots which have been impounded. But with a sizable lead, his sights are set on Washington.
Maffei outlined his priorities for the coming session.
"Get to work on getting the people back to work,” Maffei added, “We still got a lot of people out of work. We've got a lot of middle class people very concerned that they can't afford to send their kids to college."
For now he waits for all the votes in the district to be counted.