Canton's Cobb has strongest showing by a Dem in the 21st district race since 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:13 pm

Canton’s Tedra Cobb had the strongest showing by a Democrat in the 21st Congressional District race since 2012 when Bill Owens of Plattsburgh won re-election.

Republican Elise Stefanik retained her seat for a third term Tuesday, despite a the strong showing by Cobb.

“I am so grateful to the 90,526 people that voted for me,” said Cobb after the final results were posted. Stefanik received 122,863 votes and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn of Schroon Lake.

“I ran this race to represent the interests of all Northern New Yorkers - to fight for affordable healthcare for everyone and to protect our environment and Social Security and Medicare. Make no mistake, this race and these results should be a wake up call to Rep. Stefanik. The residents of Northern New York are watching her votes and will hold her accountable,” Cobb said.

Cobb earned 42 percent of the 219,733 votes cast, while Stefanik garnered 56 percent and Kahn got 1 percent.

In St. Lawrence County, Cobb received 13,626 votes, or 44 percent, while Stefanik garnered 16,773 and Kahn got 642.

In 2012, Owens received 126,631 votes, or 47 percent of the total. That was just 4,985 more votes than GOP candidate Matt Doheny received.

“I want to again thank the people of Northern New York. You welcomed me into your communities and your homes, you funded my campaign, and you volunteered countless hours of your time,” said Cobb.

“As a result, we broke fundraising records without taking a dime of corporate PAC money and we talked to over 130,000 voters. This Congressional seat belongs to us, not corporations or special interests, and in 2020, the people will take it back.”

The 21st district includes the 12 northernmost counties in New York State.

The results are unofficial and don‘t include absentee ballots.