Posted at: 11/07/2012 12:38 AM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 3:14 AM
By: Associated Press
Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathleen Hochul has lost her bid for re-election in the Republican-leaning New York district she won last year in a special election.
Hochul was defeated Tuesday by Republican Chris Collins, a former Erie County executive.
Collins frequently tried to link Hochul to President Barack Obama's administration, as well as to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Hochul, meanwhile, had campaigned as an independent voice in Washington who often voted against the administration.
The race was a top draw for outside money in New York. A poll showed a dead heat in its final weeks.
Hochul released this statement:
“Early this morning I called Chris Collins and congratulated him on being elected to Congress. I encouraged him to work across the aisle and offered to assist him in any way I can. I also volunteered to help him make a smooth transition in January to ensure our constituents are well served. Congress can do better, and the people of this country deserve better than what Washington has given them.”
The sprawling 27th Congressional District stretches across eight western New York counties and the suburban and rural towns between Buffalo and Rochester.