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The Times
  • Hanna wins Congressional primary

  • U. S. Rep. Richard Hanna won the Republican primary election for the 22nd Congressional District Tuesday night and will now face two challengers in the general election in November, including the opponent he just defeated.

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  • U. S. Rep. Richard Hanna won the Republican primary election for the 22nd Congressional District Tuesday night and will now face two challengers in the general election in November, including the opponent he just defeated.
    Hanna said he was grateful for those who voted in the primary and thanked those who supported his campaign.  
    “A great people, state and country solve their problems in their own time; our time is now,” Hanna said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing our important work in Washington for the people of upstate New York. We have many needs and there is nothing more important than rebuilding our communities and once again making upstate New York a place where people can thrive.”
    Official results from the New York State Board of Elections will not be available until July, when the counties will have verified their own results. The Associated Press called the race for Hanna at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The New York Times reported that Hanna received 9,806 votes to Michael Kicinski, Sr.'s 4,069, or about 71 percent of the votes.
    Unofficial results according to the Herkimer County Board of Elections website showed Hanna had 1,298 votes over Kicinski with 229 votes.
    Hanna, 61, has touted his constituent services throughout the campaign and said he’s been an independent-minded legislator in Washington, D.C. Kicinski, 52, has attacked Hanna’s conservative credentials, said he would seek to severely curtail federal spending and support amendments prohibiting abortion and gay marriage if elected.
    Kicinski announced on Wednesday he plans to run on an Independent ticket in November because he feels Hanna’s record does not reflect a true Republican/Conservative platform.
    “The people deserve a representative that stands for the values of the Republican Party,” said Kicinski in a news release. “Therefore, we have decided to run on a third party Tea Party Patriots line. We will be on the ballot in November.”
    Also opposing Hanna for the new reconstituted 22nd Congressional District is Daniel Lamb, of Dryden, a longtime top aide for retiring U. S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley.
    “Tonight’s primary election result demonstrates that even Republican voters are divided over [Hanna], and in November the rest of us will have a chance to make our voices heard,” said Lamb, 48, in a statement issued Tuesday night.
    “This campaign isn’t about Republican versus Democrat,” Lamb continued. “It’s about who stands up for middle-class New Yorkers, and who doesn’t.”
    Hanna currently represents the 24th Congressional district. Due to state redistricting, Hanna will represent the 22nd district if re-elected. This district will encompass parts of Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Broome, Chenango, Oswego, Cortland and Tioga counties.
    This redistricting splits Herkimer County between the 21st and 22nd Congressional Districts. The 21st district covers parts of Herkimer and Saratoga counties, and Hamilton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties
    Page 2 of 2 - Matthew Doheny, of Watertown, won the Republican primary for the 21st Congressional District, against Kellie Greene, of Sackets Harbor, by a vote of 8,577 to 3,396. In Herkimer County, Doheny received 268 votes and Greene received 75 votes.
    Both Hanna and Doheny had received endorsements from the Herkimer County Republican Committee.
    GateHouse News Media contributed to this report.

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