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Katko survives Blue Wave, wins reelection

Ellen Abbott
Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) addresses the crowd after winning reelection.

24th District Republican Congressman John Katko wasn’t knocked over by the “blue wave” that saw Democrats take control of the House in yesterday’s election. But his re-election does mean he will be in the minority when he returns to Washington.

Katko says it will be a "new adventure," but promised to deal with the partisanship in Washington in a bipartisan way.

"I am putting up with all this crap in Washington because I’m trying to say there is a way to get along with the other side,” Katko said. “And I’m going to keep working on that as long as I’m in Congress.”

Katko also congratulated his "very tough" opponent, Democratic challenger Dana Balter, whom he beat by six percentage points. That was the Republican's smallest margin of victory since he was elected to represent the 24th District in 2014. 

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Democratic candidate Dana Balter concedes the race.

In her concession speech, Balter said the energized electorate that supported her will continue to be heard.

"Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted tonight, I’m so proud of what we’ve done," Balter said. "This is more than an election. This is a movement for change.”

Balter won Onondaga County by a small margin. Katko won by double digits in Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne counties.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.