BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis predicted it first on WKBW Channel 7...that Democrat Kathy Hochul would pull an upset victory over Republican challenger Jane Corwin in the race for the 26th Congressional district.
The race is not official until all paper ballots are counted, but reaction is already pouring into the Eyewitness newsroom.
Statement by the President on the Election of Kathy Hochul to Congress...
"I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory"
Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins
“Today Western New Yorkers voted to send Kathy Hochul to Congress. This is a victory for those who believe seniors, who worked hard all their lives, should be able to retire with dignity and security, and an opportunity to send a tremendous public servant, who embodies the best of Western New York, to our nation’s capital to create jobs right here at home.
“Western New York is a unique community that deserves the dedicated and respected leadership Kathy can deliver. I congratulate Kathy and look forward to having her join me in Congress in the continued fight for Western New York.”
Slaughter Congratulates Kathy Hochul on Victory in NY-26
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement following Democrat Kathy Hochul’s victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District.
“Tonight is a great night in Western New York. I offer my wholehearted congratulations to Kathy on her victory in the 26th district and look forward to welcoming her to Washington and to our hard-working New York delegation.
“Kathy ran an extraordinary campaign and her steadfast support for Western New York’s seniors who count on Medicare and Social Security was certainly noticed and endorsed by the voters of Western New York.
“We’re anxious to have Kathy in Washington and in case she needs it, I’ve got an extra bedroom.”
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement after Kathy Hochul was elected the next representative from New York's 26th Congressional District:
There are two reasons we won tonight. Kathy Hochul is a great candidate and a Western New Yorker through and through. And New Yorkers of all political persuasions do not want to destroy Medicare. This election was a strong referendum on both.- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.
DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Says Democratic Victory in NY-26’s Special Congressional Election Shows Voters Want Medicare Protected, Not Abolished
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul’s victory in the New York Special Election:
“I wholeheartedly congratulate Congresswoman-elect Hochul and her grassroots supporters for their hard work and dedication despite being outspent by a 2-to-1 margin. Tonight’s election result is not just a victory for Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul, it’s a victory for the residents of Western New York and for Americans who believe that our elected leaders should fight to protect Medicare and ensure that our government works for our seniors, working families and young people. Kathy’s Republican opponent, and those who spent a small fortune on her behalf in a solidly Republican district, found out the hard way that their extreme plans to abolish Medicare and slash Medicaid and investments in health care, education, innovation and job creation are wrongheaded and unpopular even in a district that should have been a cakewalk for the Republican candidate.
“Just a few months ago, former Republican Congressman Lee won the 26th district with 74 percent of the vote – but since that time Republicans have voted to end Medicare and place a whole host of additional burdens on seniors, young people and working families while preserving tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and big oil and they have been on the wrong side of public sentiment ever since.
“Tonight’s result has far-reaching consequences beyond New York. It demonstrates that Republicans and Independent voters, along with Democrats, will reject extreme policies like ending Medicare that even Newt Gingrich called radical. With this election in the rear-view mirror, it is my hope that Republicans will accept the message being sent by voters in this race, in the polls and at town hall meetings across the country and work with Democrats to get our fiscal house in order while protecting Medicare and other initiatives vital to our economic recovery.”
RNC Chairman Priebus Statement on the NY-26 Special Election
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement this evening regarding the special election in New York’s 26th Congressional District:
“Jane Corwin ran a strong campaign in spite of facing a Democrat and a Democrat posed as a Tea Party candidate, both of whom sought to distract from the central issues in the minds of voters: restoring our economy and creating jobs. If we have learned anything from these results it is that Democrats will stop at nothing to preserve the status quo in Washington which is propelling our country towards bankruptcy. Kathy Hochul’s reckless disregard for the looming insolvency of critical government programs and our crushing debt will allow her to feel right at home in Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat caucus. There is no question Kathy Hochul will have a tough time holding onto this seat in 2012 with Barack Obama and his failed economic leadership weighing heavily on the minds of western New York voters when they return to the polls.”
Note: According to the Siena poll conducted from 5/18-5/20, 51% of respondents cited either jobs, the budget deficit, or taxes as the single most important issue in deciding which candidate to support.