The race for Congress in Central New York's new 24th Congressional District is finally over. The Republican incumbent, Ann Marie Buerkle, has conceded. YNN's Bill Carey said it was simple math that finally convinced Buerkle to throw in the towel.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- On Election Night, incumbent Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle was fighting to hold on to her job, while Democrat Dan Maffei tried to win back the seat he lost in 2010. Maffie held a substantial lead, but the Congresswomen held out hope that results from more rural counties and absentee ballots would turn out in her favor.
Any hope that the absentee ballot count might change the outcome disappeared after discovery of an error in numbers out of Cayuga County. An error that actually allowed Maffei's lead in the race to grow more than 14,500 votes.
Buerkle was now ready to admit there was no hope of pulling out a win in a heavily democratic year.
"I've spoken with Dan Maffei and have conceded the race for New Yorks 24th Congressional District," said Buerkle.
It is clear there is no love lost between Buerkle and Maffei. It was a race marked by tough political ads, and a reluctance by Maffei to engage in a number of debates. Buerkle made a point of not mentioning Maffei as she praised Green Party opponent, Ursula Rozum.
"She and I had many opportunities to discuss issues from very different perspectives. It is in these discussions and the willingness to debate the issues that will lead to resolving problems our country faces. I applaud her for running a positive campaign and for having the courage of her convictions," noted Buerkle.
Fellow Republicans praised the Congresswoman for her two years of work in Washington.
"She has been somebody who's been accessible. Someone who has provided great constituent service, and someone who went to Washington and fought for what she believed in and for the future of this country," said Thomas Dadey, Onondaga County Republican Chairman.
Buerkle called her brief tenure a privilege.
"I believe if we are to come together as a nation, many voices need to be heard as part of the discussion. The solution to the problems this great nation faces will not come from the government, it will come from you, the American people. I strongly encourage you to be vigilant and to hold your representatives accountable. Remember, they work for you," said Buerkle.