24th Congressional District

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In many elections across the nation this year, including the presidential election, Republican candidates over-performed relative to the expectations going in. That included the race for Congress in New York's 24th District. Polls showed Incumbent John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democrat Dana Balter in a dead heat going into the election, but Katko won the race by tens of thousands of votes. This week, Grant Reeher talks with Balter about what happened in her race and others. 

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Democrat Dana Balter conceded Friday to Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in the race for central New York’s 24th Congressional District. In a statement, Balter said she had called Katko to congratulate him on his win.

Balter had trailed Katko by 55,000 votes after election night, but did not concede, saying she wanted every vote to be counted. As of Friday, Balter trailed Katko by more than 40,000 votes with less than 40,000 votes to be counted.

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Central New York Democratic State Sen. Rachel May has declared victory over Republican challenger Sam Rodgers in the 53rd state Senate race. May leads by more than 10,000 votes, with about 5,000 absentee ballots left to be counted. In a statement, May said she's grateful central New Yorkers voted decisively to give her a second term.

Meanwhile, Onondaga County started counting absentee ballots in the 50th state Senate race between Republican Angi Renna and Democrat John Mannion. Renna’s campaign has objected to nearly 500 ballots, over issues like time stamps of when ballots were received and matching signatures. A campaign has the right to make objections, but it’s raising some concerns.

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Central New York Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter released a statement Wednesday saying her campaign will not comment on the outcome of the election against Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), until absentee ballots are counted. There are 70,000 absentee ballots in the district and Balter is down by about 55,000 votes or 20 points following Election Day. Polls had predicted the race would be much closer.

One of the most competitive congressional races in the country remains a dead heat, according to a new poll.

The poll by Siena College Research Institute shows that incumbent Republican Congressman John Katko and Democratic challenger Dana Balter each have the support of 45% of voters, with 5% supporting Working Families Party candidate Steven Williams, and 4% undecided.

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Central New York Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter continues to call Rep. John Katko’s ads racist and misogynist in the race for the 24th Congressional District. The Katko campaign accuses Balter of lying in her ads.

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The first debate in the race for New York’s 24th Congressional District was held Monday in Syracuse. Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democratic challenger Dana Balter crystalized key campaign points in a debate held by syracuse.com.

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The latest poll looking at the race for central New York's 24th Congressional District race shows Democrat Dana Balter with a slight lead over incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). Each candidate sees advantages in the poll, but Katko's support of President Trump is a clear liability.

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Democrat Dana Balter holds a slim lead over Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in the race for central New York's 24th Congressional District with less than a month to go before Election Day, according to a new poll released by the Siena College Research Institute Sunday.

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Francis Conole conceded to Dana Balter Thursday in the Democratic primary for the 24th Congressional District. Balter will now face Rep. John Katko in November, a rematch from 2018.

Conole trailed Balter 62-34% after all ballots from in-person and early voting were counted Tuesday. Conole didn't concede, because there are more than 30,000 absentee ballots to count. But Conole said Thursday he called Balter to concede. He also threw his support behind Balter.

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Updated at 10 a.m. Wednesday In the Democratic primary race for the 24th Congressional District, Dana Balter leads Francis Conole by more than 4,700 votes with early and primary day ballots counted. But there are still more than 28,000 absentee ballots for the race throughout the district that need to be counted, and a winner might not be declared until after the July 4 holiday.

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Tuesday’s primary features a race in central New York that will determine which Democrat faces three-term Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in the race for the 24th Congressional District. The winner will either be a familiar face, or a political newcomer.

Democrat Dana Balter came within five percentage points of handing Katko his first electoral loss two years ago, and she thinks she can do better than that the second time around, holding on too much of the progressive support she corralled in 2018, and more.

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The race for New York's 24th Congressional District seat is likely to be very competitve this year. Three Democrats are vying to be the party's challenger to incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. This week, Grant Reeher speaks with one of those Democrats, Francis Conole. Conole is an Iraq War veteran, a Commander in the Naval Reserves, and has the backing of the Democratic committees in Onondaga and Cayuga counties. 

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Democrat Roger Misso is staying in the race for central New York’s 24th Congressional District. Three candidates will compete for the Democratic nomination in a June primary. The winner will take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November.

Misso, a navy veteran, who was raised in Red Creek, said the district is more than 50% rural and his campaign stands with communities that feel left behind.

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For the third time in the last three elections, a primary will determine which Democrat faces Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in the race for central New York’s 24th District seat in November.

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Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The vote was largely along party lines. As the House debated two articles of impeachment against Trump, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) sat down for an interview with Grant Reeher for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. In this preview, Katko explains why he voted against impeachment. 

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Congressmen in two of central New York’s swing districts will be voting along party lines in this week’s impeachment vote in Washington.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) announced Tuesday morning that he will vote with a majority of Democrats to impeach President Trump. As recently Monday, he said he wasn’t sure how he was going to vote, but admitted it was one of the toughest decisions of his political career. And he promised that the politics of running as a Democrat in a district that voted overwhelmingly for Trump three years ago, doesn’t play into his decision.

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) already has a few challengers seeking the Democratic nomination to run against him in 2020. Two of the candidates, Roger Misso and Francis Conole, are navy veterans and central New York natives, who recently returned to the area.

Misso, 31, grew up in Red Creek between Wayne and Cayuga counties. He served in the U.S. Navy for about ten years. He was a naval flight officer deployed twice to the Middle East.

“Flew one of the first missions to combat ISIS as a mission commander, which was a very rewarding experience,” Misso said.

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There are still 19 months to go before Election Day 2020, but there are already three Democrats looking to unseat central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) next year.

Earlier this month, Navy veteran Roger Misso became the first Democrat to announce a run for the seat. On Monday, another Navy veteran, Francis Conole, joined the race. Tuesday night, Dana Balter became the third Democrat to announce a run for the 24th District seat. 

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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.”

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By the time polls open Tuesday, most voters have seen or heard a lot of negative political ads. The number of negative ads in federal races is up 60 percent this year from the 2014 midterms, according to The Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks broadcast political advertisements. But negative ads can have some useful features for voters.

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The race for New York's 24th Congressional District, currently held by incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), could prove critical in Democrats attempts to take control of the House of Representatives. This week, host Grant Reeher talks with Katko's Democratic challenger, Dana Balter. 

The race for New York's 24th Congressional District, currently held by incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), could prove critical in Democrats attempts to take control of the House of Representatives. This week, host Grant Reeher talks with Katko's Democratic challenger, Dana Balter. 

The two candidates running for central new York's 24th District seat held their first debate this week, where they disagreed on nearly every issue. Democrat Dana Balter and incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) will hold three more televised debates before Election Day.

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democratic challenger Dana Balter faced off their first debate Wednesday, which was hosted and streamed by Syracuse.com.

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Political ads are one of the battlefields in many of the crucial midterm races for Congress this year, and the race for central New York's 24th Congressional District is no different.

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Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is calling for a more robust debate schedule in the race for the 24th Congressional District. 

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Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is using a Texas court case to highlight what she claims is complicity by her opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), in the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. 

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On a listening tour through central New York this weekend, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) says he heard from his constituents about a range of local issues, and about the drama unfolding in Washington. 

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Central New York Democrats resoundingly chose Dana Balter over Juanita Perez Williams as their candidate to take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. Balter won Tuesday’s primary with more than 60 percent of the vote and the enthusiasm of passionate supporters across the 24th Congressional District, despite being down in the polls.

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