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Hanna looks ahead to the November election

As he thanked his supporters following his GOP Primary victory, Rep. Richard Hanna also looked ahead to the election in November.

"A great people, state and country solve their problems in their own time; our time is now," his statement said. "I look forward to continuing our important work in Washington for the people of upstate New York. We have many needs and there is nothing more important than rebuilding our communities and once again making upstate New York a place where people can thrive."

For his part, Hanna’s opponent, Democrat Dan Lamb, 48, sees clear differences between Hanna and himself and is ready for the electoral contest.

"The record is clear: Congressman Richard Hanna has voted to pass job-exporting tax and trade deals, end the guarantee of Medicare, cut college aid and slash veterans’ benefits. At the same time, he has voted to give millionaires and billionaires huge new tax breaks, while ending tax credits on which middle-class families rely," he said in a statement released after it was obvious Hanna is the GOP candidate.

Lamb added, "This campaign isn’t about Republican versus Democrat. It’s about who stands up for middle-class New Yorkers, and who doesn’t."

Though Tuesday’s outcome gives Hanna a commanding lead, the voting machine numbers will be verified and absentee ballots counted before the results are official.

Tuesday’s turnout was less than 10 percent of the potential GOP voters. There are 165,909 registered Republicans in the district, according to the state Board of Elections. Oneida County has 50,515 enrolled Republicans. Oneida has the most Republicans of any county in the district.

Democrats number 132,074 districtwide, including 45,568 in Oneida County.

Tuesday’s primary is only for federal offices. An extra primary in New York was ordered by a federal judge in order to ensure the state meets the requirements of the Help America Vote Act. This federal law requires ballots for elections involving federal offices to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election.

The traditional September New York state primary, still scheduled for state offices, would not allow time to meet this timetable for the general election on Nov. 6.

Kicinski issued a statement Tuesday night thanking supporters and stating: "We’ll step back a bit and consider our options."

He scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. today, but did not release any information about that event by press time.

RomeSentinel.com

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