Owens retains his 23rd Congressional seat by a comfortable margin; Hoffman spoiler for GOP
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