SYRACUSE, NY — In a tight race, Republican Brandon Williams has declared a victory over Democrat Francis Conole in the race to represent New York's 22nd Congressional district.
Williams saying "We’re going to Washington D.C.,” in a statement made in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Williams said he was leading by 4,000 votes when he declared his victory.
This comes after the Oneida County Board of Elections announced around 11:50 pm Tuesday that technical issues were holding up results on election night.
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Francis Conole released the following statement, calling for every vote to be counted:
“Tonight this race is too close to call and we need to ensure that every Central New Yorker's voice is heard and their ballot is counted. This is a fundamental part of our democracy, and we look forward to it being carried out in the coming days. The Board of Elections staff works tirelessly to ensure this is done in a transparent process, and we should let them finish their jobs.
Conole and Williams were battling to represent New York's newly-drawn 22nd Congressional district.
Democratic candidate Conole said his focus is on protecting working families. He had plans to "confront the rise in costs, protect social security Medicare, create better jobs" and protect women's healthcare.
On the other hand, Republican candidate Williams is pushing to control inflation, fuel prices, and crime.
Both candidates are military veterans with ties to Central New York and both said they plan to draw on their military leadership skills to represent residents.
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