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Maffei congratulates Walsh on victory

Maffei congratulates Walsh on victory

"What it really was was a very strong anti-President Bush, anti-Iraq vote. As I said during the campaign, there are no easy answers when it comes to Iraq. It's very complex. The country's very divided, but we need to find some solutions," Walsh explained. Congressman James Walsh of New York served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in the 1960's.

Maffei congratulates Walsh on victory

Maffei congratulates Walsh on victory
Updated: 11/18/2006 8:35 AM
By: Bill Carey

It was a familiar scene from elections past—a substantial lead for one candidate, but many absentee ballots cast, and the trailing candidate waiting to see what those votes were before conceding.

“Candidates invest so much of their time and activity and staff and everything into it, it's harder for them to sort through some of these pieces at the very end, particularly if you're on the short end of the victory totem pole,” Onondaga Coutny Elections Commissioner Ed Szczesniak said.

And so the review went on.

Despite the fact that there were thousands of paper ballots to be counted, they never trended in a way that would have changed the outcome of this race.

At midday Friday, Democrat Dan Maffei finally conceded, congratulating nine-term Republican Congressman James Walsh on his reelection victory.

“I do think we really struck a chord. It wasn't enough to put us over the top, but you know, we did face, obviously, an uphill battle, and so I have nothing but pride, at least for the campaign and the people who worked on it,” Maffei said.

“It is over. It is, indeed,” Walsh said.

A week and a half after the last ballots were cast, the race for congress in the 25th Congressional District appears to be over. News 10 Now's Bill Carey says Democrat Dan Maffei now acknowledges that Republican incumbent James Walsh was the victor.

Walsh, returning from a congressional session, admitted it was a tough race, but claims the vote had little to do with he or challenger Maffei.

“What it really was was a very strong anti-President Bush, anti-Iraq vote. As I said during the campaign, there are no easy answers when it comes to Iraq. It's very complex. The country's very divided, but we need to find some solutions,” Walsh explained.

The most stunning surprise for the incumbent was that voters in his hometown of Syracuse, a beneficiary of millions of dollars in federal funding as a result of his efforts, voted for his opponent in large numbers.

“I won virtually every other town in every other county. The city of Syracuse, I lost by about 8,000 votes. That was a real disappointment to me,” Walsh said.

With the race over, Walsh now focuses on working in the house minority and must look ahead to 2008 and what could be another tough battle. Dan Maffei says a rematch is not out of the question.

“I'm certainly not ruling anything out. I am interested in running for some sort of office, clearly. But, I don't know exactly what that will be or when,” Maffei said.

Final results in the race for the 25th Congressional District are expected to be certified by the state in December.




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