Hochul won Congressional seat in upstate New York

I get e-mail from Nancy Pelosi from time to time, like tonight:

Ed —

It is my great pleasure to report that tonight, thanks to you, Democrat Kathy Hochul has won a triumphant grassroots victory in the special election in NY-26.

Victories like this are what happen when we fight together to protect our core Democratic values.

Congresswoman-elect Hochul’s victory in a staunchly-Republican district has shocked the political world and sent an unmistakable sign that the American people will not stand for the Republicans’ reckless and extreme agenda to end Medicare.

This is our third straight special election victory in New York — and it is truly one for the ages. All of the Republicans’ right-wing outside groups with their secret money and dishonest attacks were no match for the combined strength of grassroots Democrats.

Thank you again for fighting to protect and defend Medicare and bringing us one step closer to regaining our Democratic House Majority.

Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader

Is there a lesson in the election?  Yes, there is:  Republicans overreached when they started their march against Medicare.

See the story in the New York Times:

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser in the race against the Republican, Jane Corwin. But Ms. Hochul seized on the Republican’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

On Tuesday, she captured 48 percent of the vote, to Ms. Corwin’s 42 percent, according to unofficial results. A Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, had 8 percent.

Voters, who turned out in strikingly large numbers for a special election, said they trusted Ms. Hochul, the county clerk of Erie County, to protect Medicare.

Kathy Hochul on election night, May 24, 2011 - New York Times photo by Michael Appleton

Kathy Hochul claimed victory at an election party in Amherst, New York, on Tuesday night. Hochul won a seat in Congress in what has traditionally been a Republican district in New York. New York Times photo by Michael Appleton

3 Responses to Hochul won Congressional seat in upstate New York

  1. Ellie says:

    Amo Houghton was in South Central NY. You can’t go by the district numbers. The districts change frequently. If you have a map of NY, his district was all of Cayuga, Oswego, Seneca and Wayne counties, and parts of Monroe and Oneida…IIRC. Rather a mixed bag. I agree with your opinion of Houghton, although perhaps not Javits.

    Hochul will represent Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming counties, along with parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans.


  2. Jim says:


    Where was Amo Houghton’s district? He was one Republican I really respected. And Jack Javits, your former Senator.

    I’m glad to see Hochul won. We have to be careful though. The conservative message machine about “Mediscare” is really amped up. That push-back blunted a lot of progress in the 90’s and I would expect it to work again.

    Perhaps I don’t give the average American voter enough credit.

    Or perhaps I give them too much.



  3. Ellie says:

    I’m astonished! It’s a sign of the times, I suppose, when a Democrat wins a district like that. There have been so few Democrats elected in that district that they stand out when you look them up. The last was in 1993. Before that, in ’49 and ’45. Then, you’d have to go back to the 1850’s. Congratulations to Hochul! She will do a great job. If I lived in her district, I would have voted for her.


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