ELIZABETHTOWN — Matt Doheny of Watertown won the Republican primary Tuesday, June 26 against challenger Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor and will face incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) in the fall election for the newly established 21st Congressional District.
Unofficial results late Tuesday night had the vote tally at 8,577 for Doheny and 3,396 for Greene, according to the Associated Press.
“For the first time since former Congressman John McHugh left to become Secretary of the Army, we have united the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines,” Doheny said.
This is a rematch for Doheny, but one that is less complicated. In 2010, Doheny faced Owens in a close election for the 23rd Congressional District (which was recently redrawn, expanded and renamed the 21st Congressional District). Yet Douglas Hoffman, who lost against Doheny in the Republican primary that year, still tallied 6 percent of the votes on the Conservative ticket, even though he didn’t campaign.
“Voters here will have a clear choice between two competing visions for America. I believe in the fairness of opportunity — that if you work hard, the American dream is still within reach. I want to go to Washington to remove the roadblocks that keep us all from being successful, such as the excessive regulation and taxation that convince our job creators to avoid risk, sit on the sidelines and not grow.”
In the race for U.S. Senate, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long won the Republican primary over Bob Turner of Rockaway and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. Long will face Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in the fall election. Two Independent Party candidates, Michael Craft and Scott Noren, are also running, as is Green Party candidate Colia Clark.
Clinton County: Doheny received 787 votes and Greene tallied 200 for the congressional race. In the Senate race, the votes were: Long, 533; Turner, 265; and Maragos, 136. These were unofficial totals as reported by the Clinton County Board of Elections.