Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin by an unofficial 47 percent to 43 percent of the vote in the special election Tuesday for the 26th Congressional District.
Hochul, the Erie County clerk, also ran against third party candidate Jack Davis, who had an unofficial 9 percent of the vote.
Hochul, the underdog in the heavily Republican district, reportedly had strong support in Niagara and Erie counties. The district includes part of Wheatfield.
"I'm thrilled to have won!" Hochul told her supporters Tuesday night. "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you've done. I couldn't have won without your endless support, help, and encouragement."
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, NY-28, congratulated Hochel on the victory.
"Kathy ran an extraordinary campaign and her steadfast support for Western New York's seniors who count on Medicare and Social Security was certainly noticed and endorsed by the voters of Western New York," Slaughter said. "We're anxious to have Kathy in Washington and in case she needs it, I've got an extra bedroom."