SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in a battleground district in central New York conceded the race Friday.
Dana Balter said in a statement that after several days of absentee ballots being counted, it was clear she had no path forward.
“Today, I congratulate Congressman Katko on his victory and hope that in his next term, he will advocate for policies that will help working families in this district,” she wrote.
Katko, a 57-year-old former federal prosecutor, has held a wide lead over Balter since Election Day, but The Associated Press has not called the race because of a lack of publicly available information about the count of absentee ballots.
If his win is confirmed, Katko will get a fourth term after defeating Balter for the second time. She also ran against Katko and lost in 2018, even though Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans in New York’s 24th Congressional District.
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