U.S. Rep. Tom Reed will win re-election to a fifth term in his Southern Tier district, defeating well-funded Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano. Reed, a Republican, held onto the 23rd District seat despite late indications the race had tightened, with some giving Mitrano, a cybersecurity expert from Yates County, a fighting chance to pull off an upset in the Republican-leaning district. With more than two-thirds of the vote in, Reed held a lead of several percentage points over his challenger. The race attracted little attention until late into the campaign, as more signs pointed to a tightened race. Reed went on the offensive early in his bid to keep his seat and help maintain the Republican edge in the House of Representatives. The eight-year incumbent ran a sustained series of attack ads to brand Mitrano as an “liberal extremist.” Mitrano pushed back against Reed by calling him a Trump guy who has ignored the district and was satisfied with the status quo. Mitrano’s successful fundraising effort led many to consider the race a competitive one in a district that crosses 11 counties across the Southern Tier, from Jamestown to Ithaca. While the district carries a Republican edge, Democrats have been elected… Read full this story
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