STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul has appeared to have lost her bid for re-election in the Republican-leaning New York district she won last year in a special election.
Unofficial results show Hochul was defeated Tuesday by Republican Chris Collins, a former Erie County executive.
Collins frequently tried to link Hochul to President Barack Obama's administration, as well as to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Hochul, meanwhile, had campaigned as an independent voice in Washington who often voted against the administration.
The race was a top draw for outside money in New York. A poll showed a dead heat in its final weeks.
The sprawling 27th Congressional District stretches across eight western New York counties and the suburban and rural towns between Buffalo and Rochester.
Hochul was trailing her challenger by a slim margin at press time, and the Associated Press called the race in favor of Collins at 12:33 a.m. Wednesday.
Hochul appeared to be in command for winning a full term but Collins gained momentum in the final weeks of the campaign. Still, in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican, many observers felt he should have won outright.
The latest figures availbale to the US&J showed Collins leading by roughly 5,100 votes with all but 48 precincts reporting across the district. All districts in Erie County had reported and in Niagara county, 105 of 111 districts in the 27th congressional district had reported.
In Wyoming County, 40 of the 80 precincts there had reported.
Tabulations by the Associated Press at 11:30 p.m. showed Collins with 123,702 votes and Hochul with 119,761. At 12:30 a.m., The US&J had Collins leading 161,059 to Hochul's 155,949.
At 12:30 a.m., Hochul led in Niagara County, 25,712 to 25,415.
In Erie County, unofficial reports had Collins leading, 66,742 to 64,402.
Collins won Orleans County by about 600 votes. He collected 6,874 to Hochul's 6,248.
Two towns in Monroe County fall within the 27th District and those towns also supported Collins. He captured 6,234 votes to Hochul's 5,954.
Hochul claimed Livingston County. With all districts reporting, she grabbed 12,114 votes while Collins earned 11,531.
Genesee County supported Collins, 23,016 to 21,510.
Ontario County leaned toward Hochul, giving her 13,406 votes while Collins garnered 13,044.
Collins was leading Wyoming County, with 8,203 votes to Hochul's 6,603, with half the precincts reporting.