Doheny concedes, Owens returning to Congress from North Country for second full term
Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh won a second full term as North Country Congressman Tuesday, as his chief challenger, Republican Matt Doheny, conceded the race around midnight.
With a all polling districts having reported to their county boards of elections, Owens' tally stood at 115,389 votes; Doheny 110,804. Green Party candidate Donald Hassig of Colton had 3,683 votes, less than the difference between the Republican and Democratic cadidates.The tally, as it unfolded, kept the two leading contenders close. But as the night went on, Owens' lead was 2,000 votes, then 4,000 votes, and finally 4,585.
The tallies are all unoffical at this point, and they do not include absentee and provisional ballots, which will be counted later.
The huge 21st Congressional District includes the area from Lewis and Jefferson counties in the west to Clinton, Essex, Warren and Washington counties in the east.
Democrat Owens was running for his second full term in Congress. He beat Doheny, a Watertown businessman, in 2010 for the seat in a three-way race with Conservtive Doug Hoffman of Lake Placid, who endorsed Doheny in this year's contest.
Owens was appointed to the seat in 2009 when former Rep. John McHugh was tapped by the Obama administration to be the Secretary of the Army, a post he continues to hold.
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