Stefanik sails to a third term in U.S. House, Cobb to run again

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) beat Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb by a commanding 15 points Tuesday, showing just how deep her support runs in the North Country.

Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn pulled in just 1.5 percent of the vote, which wasn't near enough to upset the race.

Stefanik thanked supporters at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls around 11:30 Tuesday night. "We did it!" Stefanik declared. "Wow, we did it again, I can't thank you enough!"

The congresswoman — who will be part of a new Republican minority come January — also thanked Cobb and Kahn for entering the race and taking part in a long, hard-fought campaign. "It takes a lot of courage to run for office in today's political climate and they deserve a round of applause," Stefanik said. "Tough campaigns make you a better candidate and a better representative."

The congresswoman pledged to work for all constituents in NY21, including those who didn't vote for her.

"I will work just as hard for you as for those who voted for me," Stefanik said. "My job is to represent everyone in this district."

In Canton, Cobb urged her backers to stay involved in politics — and to take inspiration from her underdog campaign.

Democrat Tedra Cobb thanked her large volunteer corps during her concession speech Tuesday in Canton.
Credit David Sommerstein / NCPR

"We changed the way campaigns are run in this district," Cobb said to big applause. "We built a community that cares about the district. We are of here, for here, and we have worked together to make this community better."

The Democrat also thanked her large roster of volunteers for help navigating a sprawling district and spreading the word to voters. "In the North Country, we always pave our own path and we do not give up," Cobb said. "I am not giving up either."

Speaking later, Cobb said she's definitely planning to run for office again in 2020: "I'm going!" She said she’ll remain visible in the North Country and will be watching Congresswoman Stefanik closely. "I’ll be talking about health care. I’ll be talking about the environment. I’ll be looking at her environmental votes. I think these next two years she’ll be held accountable," Cobb said.