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Doheny wins Republican primary

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Matt Doheny won Tuesday's Republican Party primary for the 21st Congressional District seat. With 99% of the vote counted last night, the Associated Press reports that Doheny had 72% of the vote. His opponent Kellie Green had 29%. Doheny will now go on to face incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh in the November election. It's not the first time that the two will face run against each other for Congress.

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Doheny is a former Wall Street investment banker who lives in Watertown. The 41-year old says he is a seasoned businessman who knows how to create jobs and get the economy moving in the region. According to the Press Republican, he outspent Greene in the primary by a large margin. Doheny reportedly had a campaign fund of about $500,000 for the primary race. Greene said she spent just about $8,000.

Speaking after his victory last night, Doheny said, “We’re going to have the ability to give a clear choice to voters, and when it comes to myself and our current Congressman, we feel quite excited about that opportunity and we’re looking forward to being successful in November.”

Doheny narrowly lost to Owens in a close race in 2010 when many conservatives and Tea Party Republican voters cast ballots for Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman, despite the fact that he had dropped out of the race weeks before the general election.

Doheny hopes to capitalize on discontent with President Obama in Congress and said, “We’re going the wrong direction. We are spending out of control. We are trying to grow. I want to be the growth candidate, to make sure that people understand when you’re growing the economy, that’s how you go ahead and create jobs, and right now with unemployment around 10% in a lot of our North Country county unemployment numbers, is unacceptable. I don’t understand why you would send a congressman and a president back to office with that type of backdrop.”

Kellie Green, a shipping and logistics specialist from Sackett’s Harbor, said she’s proud of what her campaign achieved. “You know, we had some uphill battles that, while Mr. Doheny of course had to face that new part of the district, he was well-known in the other counties having run last time and campaigning for two years since his last loss. So we knew that we were up against a time crunch and uphill battle and you know, everyone says we didn’t have the money. Well listen, you know, we raised less than $8,000 but we still have a little bit of money in the bank tonight, which I think says an awful lot about being fiscally responsible so I don’t think it was money,” said Green. While she had hoped for a close race, Green says she has no regrets.

Doheny’s victory means that there won’t be a split ticket like other recent elections in the 21st District, but it doesn’t mean voters have a two-way race. Green Party candidate Donald Hassig of Colton, New York is also on the ballot for the general election. Owens issued a statement last night congratulating Doheny, saying he looks forward to a healthy discussion of the issues.

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