SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Amid cheers and jubilation, Rep. John Katko took the stage late Tuesday at the Republican victory party at the University Sheraton hotel.
Deacon conceded defeat early into the night and Katko accepted congratulations from the gathering at Sheraton when votes only from 546 districts out of a total of 596 had been counted.
“It’s a validation of whatever we’ve done for the last two years,” Katko said. “We got warmed up in Washington, we became independents, worked across party lines, got things done, and I’m really excited about it.”
Katko won 65 percent of the vote in Cayuga County. In Onondaga county, he won nearly 56 percent of votes. In the part of Oswego county that overlaps with the 24th Congressional District, Katko took 64 percent of the vote. At publication time, Katko retained a lead in Wayne county. District-wide, the New York Times reported Katko leading Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon, 61 percent to 39 percent.
Katko did not endorse either of the two presidential candidates for this election, but said Donald Trump reflected voters’ strong emotions.
“He represented the anger that people had,” Katko said.
Katko said he looked forward to returning to Congress.
“I go back to work in Washington next week and I’m going to get right back into it,” he said. “That’s all I’m concerned about right now,” he said.