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Richard Hanna defeats incumbent, Arcuri sends his congratulations

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Republican Richard Hanna is the projected winner in the 24th Congressional Race, beating two-term Democratic incumbent Michael Arcuri. The congressman offered his congratulations early Wednesday morning.

The results are not official until the Oneida County Board of Elections and other counties in the district count the more than 13,000 absentee ballots.

Hanna was not quick to accept the victory, being cautious of the slow Oneida County numbers. Since it is likely that he will be a freshman congressman come January, he said, "I want to do it, I want to get involved in the issues."

Hanna does have a goal for his time in Washington. He said, "I want to be a part of that group of new people that creates the kind of change this country needs and deserves. I am not somebody who is going to go to Washington demogog or pick sides, I am interested in solutions. I am interested in growing our future, and I don't want to be part of the generation that actually passes forward less than they received."

Arcuri made a statement to his supporters gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Utica early Wednesday morning. He said, "There's a sense when you know you've done everything you can do; you did the job in the best possible way that you could, we fought as hard as we could fight, we didn't leave any gas in the tank, we left nothing on the table that is life. I mean hey, I'm healthy, I've got a baby on the way. That's the good stuff."

In the numbers hold true, Richard Hanna would take over the congressional seat in January. He will be joining a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives. One of his likely first decisions will be who to elect to Speaker of the House.

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