Democrat incumbent Bill Owens of Plattsburgh has retained his seat in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat against Watertown's Republican Matt Doheny.

With only one district in both Jefferson County and Oneida County as well as absentee ballots uncounted, the total was 76,204 - 72,435 in favor of Owens.

Conservative Doug Hoffman, who dropped out last month and threw his support behind Doheny, received 9,536 votes because his name was still on the ballot on the Conservative Party line. Had his name not appeared on the ballot and those voting for him chosen Doheny instead, the Watertown banker would have easily won the race instead of Owens.

Here are incomplete, unofficial election results. The tallies also do not include mail-in ballots.

                                               OWENS (D)             DOHENY (R)        HOFFMAN (C)

St. Lawrence County                     14993                       10537               1153

Clinton County                               11598                         8818                 809

Jefferson County                            11114                       12180               1242

Franklin County                               5959                        4393                  654

Madison County                              8670                         9017                1581

Oswego County                              12654                      13068                2275

Oneida County                                 2456                         3705                 533

Lewis County                                   2673                          3296                 510

Hamilton County                                695                         1438                  121

Essex County                                   3668                          3545                424

Fulton County                                  1724                           2438                234

TOTALS                                          76,204                          72435             9536