It's now 63 seats.
That's the net number of Republican pickups in the House in the 2010 elections. Rep. Dan Maffei (D), first elected from New York's 25th Congressional District in 2008, has thrown in the towel, conceding defeat to Ann Marie Buerkle (R). The margin is about 567 votes, give or take, out of more than 209,000 cast.
Two years ago, Maffei won the Syracuse-based district on his second try, after Rep. Jim Walsh (R) retired.
For a state GOP that got clobbered in the gubernatorial race — Carl Paladino was trounced by Andrew Cuomo — it did exceptionally well in House contests. In addition to beating Maffei, Republicans also took the 13th CD (ousting freshman Rep. Michael McMahon), the 19th (unseating Rep. John Hall), the 20th (taking out newcomer Rep. Scott Murphy), the 24th (defeating Rep. Michael Arcuri) and the 29th (winning the seat vacated by tainted Rep. Eric Massa) — six pickups in all. They are also still battling in the 1st CD, where it's too close to call between Rep. Tim Bishop (D) and GOP challenger Randy Altschuler.
Buerkle (pronounced BUR-kul), who defeated Maffei, is a former member of the Syracuse common council.