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Matt Doheny addresses supporters. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO
Matt Doheny addresses supporters. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO

NY-23: Doheny leads, no Hoffman concession

Last night, Watertown Republican Matt Doheny asserted victory following a see-saw political battle that went on for more than two hours after polls closed.

"I look forward to making sure that the people of the 23rd congressional district have a conservative alternative," Doheny said, in an interview with YNN TV.

At one point, Doug Hoffman -- the tea party insurgent from Lake Placid -- led by more than 500 hundred votes. But with an unofficial tally completed, the Associated Press called the race for Doheny, who held a lead of roughly 450 votes. Doheny urged Hoffman not to run on the Conservative Party line.

Just after 1 a.m., the National Republican Congressional Committee echoed Doheny's victory claim. The GOP argued that Doheny had established himself as the candidate with "the experience to help turn around the ailing economy and bring much-needed jobs to the North Country."

The outcome was a blow to Hoffman supporters who gathered at the Red Fox restaurant in Saranac Lake. Jim Gallagher, who retired from the Air Force and lives now in Peru, described the apparent defeat as heartbreaking.

"I'm a firm believer that we need to get the Republican Party back to its conservative roots," he said. Gallagher -- like others here -- said he would not shift his support to Doheny.

At the end of last night, as both political camps packed up to go home, Doug Hoffman still had not addressed his supporters or journalists. A campaign aide made a brief appearance and said, "You will not see Doug Hoffman tonight."

That peculiar decision -- which angered many journalists who had waited more than four hours for a chance to speak with the candidate -- calls into question Hoffman's commitment to soldiering on with the Conservative Party. Hoffman is expected to make a statement about his plans on Wednesday morning.

This outcome sets the stage for a likely show down between Doheny and Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens.

One important dynamic last night was geography, with Hoffman commanding the eastern half of the 23rd district and Doheny dominating in the western counties. That same pattern could hold true in the general election, with the Republican and Democrat hailing from opposite sides of the 23rd.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (L) and Matt Doheny (R) talk briefly before their second and final debate in Saranac Lake (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Doug Hoffman (L) and Matt Doheny (R) talk briefly before their second and final debate in Saranac Lake (Photo: Brian Mann)

NY-23: Republicans promise conservative philosophy, but offer few specifics

In their final debate last night, Republicans Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman both claimed to be the true conservative running for congress in the 23rd district.

The two men, who hope to unseat Democrat Bill Owens, promised to shrink big government and cut taxes.  Go to full article

Hoffman confirms that he'll stay in NY-23 race even if he loses GOP primary

Conservative Republican Doug Hoffman says he will continue his fight to win the 23rd district House seat, even if he loses the GOP primary later this month.

Hoffman will appear on the Conservative Party ballot line and says he's promised to continue campaigning against Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens.

As Brian Mann reports, the decision has infuriated many Republican leaders.

And it raises questions about the Republican Party's ability to take back a seat that had been a GOP stronghold since before the Civil War.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.

NY-23: In fierce debate, Hoffman and Doheny land punches

Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman slugged it out last night in Plattsburgh, when the two Republicans met for their first debate.

They're fighting for the chance to face Democratic Representative Bill Owens in the November election.

With the primary just two weeks away, both men agreed on most of the issues.

But they spent ninety minutes questioning each other's integrity and arguing over who has the best shot to reclaim a House seat that was once a Republican stronghold.

As Brian Mann reports, more than 200 people turned out to hear what the two men had to say.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (left) and Matt Doheny (right) arrive in Plattsburgh for last night's Republican primary debate.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Doug Hoffman (left) and Matt Doheny (right) arrive in Plattsburgh for last night's Republican primary debate. (Photo: Brian Mann)

Complete audio: the NY-23 Republican primary debate in Plattsburgh

This week's debate between Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny in the NY-23 Republican Primary was fierce and raw at times, but the two men also laid out a staunchly conservative agenda, promising to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare plan, opposing same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research, arguing for an end to earmark projects in the North Country and a full stop to stimulus spending. The debate was organized by UNYTEA, one of the region's largest tea party groups.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.
Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.

Hoffman counting on grassroots push in NY-23 primary

Republican candidates for the 23rd Congressional district seat are making late summer pushes toward a September primary. Alexandria Bay businessman Matt Doheny has shored up support from the GOP establishment. All of the party's county chairs have endorsed him. Tea Party insurgent Doug Hoffman says he relishes the outsider status, just as he did in last year's special election that brought him to within a few percentage points of Democrat and Congressman Bill Owens. Hoffman trails Doheny significantly in fundraising. Lacking the get-out-the-vote infrastructure of a major party, Hoffman will need a big grassroots push to win. As David Sommerstein reports, whether he gets it is the central question of his campaign.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny looks on as David O'Brien Martin endorses him.
Matt Doheny looks on as David O'Brien Martin endorses him.

Doheny wins former Congressman endorsement

Republican Matt Doheny is tapping into North Country GOP tradition in his campaign for Congress. Longtime Congressman David O'Brien Martin endorsed Doheny for the 23rd district Republican primary yesterday in Watertown. And he took some shots at Doheny's competition. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (File photo)
Doug Hoffman (File photo)

Hoffman campaigns in Port Henry, where GOP is divided

The UNYTEA tea party group held a meeting last night in Port Henry to support Doug Hoffman, one of the two Republicans in this year's 23rd district primary race.

Hoffman faces fellow-Republican Matt Doheny, who has won support from most Republican leaders in the district.

As Brian Mann reports, this contest within the GOP may be building toward a divided ticket in the fall.  Go to full article
Republican candidate is hoping that a local, bread-and-butter message will win Republican Support.  (Photo: Doheny campaign)
Republican candidate is hoping that a local, bread-and-butter message will win Republican Support. (Photo: Doheny campaign)

Republican Matt Doheny hopes to win with local issues in the NY-23 primary

This summer, we're checking in with the candidates vying for seats in congress, asking about the issues that are shaping their campaigns. One of the fiercest contests is the Republican primary for the 23rd district, which stretches from Watertown to Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake.

Doug Hoffman is a favorite of tea party activists and national conservative groups. But Matt Doheny has drawn widespread support from the North Country's Republican Party. Brian Mann caught up with Doheny campaigning in Willsboro and has our story.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) hopes the Federal stimulus policy will boost his re-election chances.  (File photos)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) hopes the Federal stimulus policy will boost his re-election chances. (File photos)

Seeking a second term, Democrat Bill Owens defends the Federal stimulus

Since 2006, Democrats have captured all three House seats that represent the North Country.

Those seats had been safe Republican strongholds, and their loss helped push New York's GOP to the brink.

But this year, Republicans are pushing back hard, hoping to capitalize on public dissatisfaction with the sour economy and growing Federal deficits.

Bill Owens from Plattsburgh, Scott Murphy from Glens Falls and Mike Arcuri from Utica all face stiff, well-funded challenges.

In the coming weeks, we'll air a series of stories looking at all the candidates and at the issues that will shape the November election.

This morning, Brian Mann reports on Bill Owens. As part of his bid for a second term, Owens has embraced President Barack Obama's Federal stimulus plan.  Go to full article

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