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The Times
  • Arcuri claims victory over Hanna

  • Now that 100 percent of the precincts in the 24th Congressional District have reported their results, U.S. Congressman Michael Arcuri is claiming victory over his Republican opponent, Richard Hanna.

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  • Now that 100 percent of the precincts in the 24th Congressional District have reported their results, U.S. Congressman Michael Arcuri is claiming victory over his Republican opponent, Richard Hanna.
    “At this point, with all precincts in, I am winning this campaign by nearly 6,400 votes. I expect that margin to hold and only grow as the roughly 9,000 absentee ballots are counted,” said Arcuri, D-Utica. “CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets have declared me the winner.”
    Hanna said Wednesday that the race is not over yet and that he has far from given up.
    “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of the democratic process, and I thank all the residents of the 24th Congressional District,” said Hanna. “With about 10,000 absentee ballots and a number of paper ballots from malfunctioning voting machines, it’s clear that this race is not over. The official count is under way, and the race is simply too close to call.”
    Late Tuesday night Arcuri held a 118,137 to 112,308 lead over Hanna.
    In Herkimer County, where Arcuri posted a shocking win over Republican Raymond Meier two years ago, Hanna beat Arcuri by just under 3,600 votes. Hanna was also able to reverse his party’s fortunes in Broome County by beating the one-term incumbent by 1,378 votes.
    In Chenango County, one of two counties won by Meier in 2006, Arcuri tallied 139 more votes than Hanna. In Hanna’s home Otsego County, Arcuri had 844 more votes. If Hanna can hold his 523 vote lead in Oneida County, both candidates will have lost their home counties.
    The absentee ballots, which had to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received a week later, will not be counted until Wednesday, Nov. 12.
    “In this congressional district, as many of you know, we have now made history. I am now the first Democrat re-elected since 1934, and I am only the second Democrat re-elected since the Civil War, said Arcuri in thanking the volunteers and voters who supported him.
    “We have over 30,000 more Republicans than Democrats in this district, and I overcame those incredible margins in what is clearly a strongly Republican area. We did that by appealing to independents, Republicans and Democrats alike about my record fighting for middle class tax cuts, opposing privatization of Social Security, working to bring our troops home and keeping our promise to our veterans.”
    The 49-year-old Arcuri said that his campaign faced a number of challenges, including negative campaigning.
    In this campaign, even the National Republican Congressional Committee ran attack ads against me and lied about my record. Despite these attacks, the voters have chosen our positive message of delivering real results for upstate New York,” said Arcuri. “Our issues and our values have prevailed, and I am confident this margin will hold. I look forward to continuing to serve the 24th Congressional District.”

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