New York's John Katko keeps House seat despite tough challenge from Democrat

New York's John Katko keeps House seat despite tough challenge from Democrat


Rep. John Katko will stay in the House after a tough Democratic challenge against Syracuse University professor Dana Balter.

After a close race that had been pending since Election Day, Balter conceded to the Republican incumbent on Friday evening.

“The current absentee ballot count makes it clear that our campaign does not have a path forward,” Balter said in a statement. “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.”

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Katko, 57, was first elected to the House in 2014 and had beat Balter in 2018, when she first challenged him for his seat. Katko is viewed as a centrist Republican representing a district won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The race was viewed by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report as being competitive but slightly in favor of Katko.

Katko has at times strayed from President Trump, but

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