Live coverage: 24th Congressional District race
Dan Maffei has conceded in the race for the 24th Congressional District. Republican John Katko wins.
The 24th Congressional District race is one of the highest profile races in central New York. Democrat incumbent Dan Maffei, who has struggled to hold onto this office in the past, is going up against John Katko, a former federal prosecutor and political neophyte.
In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the candidates sparred on a variety of issues important to the citizens of central New York, including: the future of I-81 and campaign finance reform; infrastructure and job loss; the Islamic State and minimum wage; the environment, and on many occasions, the campaign television ads.
Katko focused on poverty in Syracuse -- setting his sights on addressing the problem, while Maffei vowed to protect Social Security benefits for seniors. Both candidate participated in a two-part debate on WRVO's the Campbell Conversations with Grant Reeher, first focusing on campaign commercials, ISIS, and ebola; and in the second focusing largely on domestic policy issues.
The race drew national attention, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) visiting the area to stump for Katko. Vice President Joe Biden took his turn stirring up election fervor for Maffei, as did former President Bill Clinton, during separate visits to Syracuse.
Now, we bring you live coverage, with results from the 24th. Expect updates on election returns, what our reporters have to say from the field and more. Listen live, any time, for analysis from WRVO's News Director Catherine Loper, Morning Edition Host Jason Smith, and Grant Reeher, host of the Campbell Conversations, professor of Political Science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.
WRVO has two reporters in the field focused on the 24th Congressional District race. For live updates on Twitter, you can follow Ryan Delaney, who will be at the Democrat election night headquarters, and Ellen Abbott, who will be at the Republican election night headquarters.
Here's live coverage, from the WRVO News team on Twitter: