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Stefanik wins NY primary, faces Woolf in November

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - It's a race national interests are following in our backyard.

The battle to see who will be the Republican candidate for the 21st Congressional District is over. After a hard-fought race, Republican Elise Stefanik won the 21st Congressional seat in New York. So how is the general election shaping up?

"This was a very hard-fought primary campaign, and I will work very hard to build the bridges to ensure that Republicans are united as we head into this November," Stefanik said.

Stefanik defeated Matt Doheny in a spirited campaign influenced by national groups. GOP groups in Washington wanted Stefanik to win because they believed she had the best shot of beating the Democrat in the race, something Doheny could not do in two attempts.

"She had outside money on her side, there was a bigger TV campaign," said Tom Konda, SUNY Plattsburgh professor.

Now Stefanik will focus her energy on Democrat Aaron Woolf. Woolf is hoping he wins the district like Democrat Bill Owens did despite the region being historically controlled by Republicans.

"I'm looking forward to continuing the work we've been doing all along which is talking to families, talking to people in their workplaces, concentrating on the economy and growing jobs in the 21st District," said Woolf.

According to his campaign office, Matt Doheny is considering staying in the race. He can still run on the independent party line. The question now is will this split Republican voters come November?

"Elise has people that don't like her, but the vast majority are going to unite behind her," said Ron Jackson, Essex County Republican Chair.

There's also the concern neither Stefanik or Woolf are homegrown in the North Country, but Konda says that doesn't matter to voters in rural areas.

"Vermont is a rural area primarily. Bernie Sanders was not from Vermont," Konda said.

Konda says both the Republican and Democrat could be labeled as newcomers to the district, but it's not likely they will be using that tactic in general election. An election that will be decided in November.

Konda says the race between Stefanik and Woolf will be another toss up with no incumbent and the candidates being relatively unknown.

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