Ritchie victory is biggest in GOP Senate

Senator Patty Ritchie was reelected Tuesday to a second term, capturing the widest margin of victory by a Republican in more than two dozen contested races across the state.

Senator Ritchie claimed 70 percent of the vote in unofficial tallies reported by local Boards of Elections. Senator Ritchie’s 60,758 votes were more than twice the 25,821 received by her opponent.

There are about 8,000 absentee ballots still waiting to be counted. Final results are expected in about two weeks.

“Voters responded to my record of bipartisanship and proven results. and┬áheard my promise to keep working to reduce taxes and create jobs, to get New York moving on the right track,” Senator Ritchie said.

“I am so┬ávery grateful for the confidence and support voters continue to show, and for the opportunity to continue serving Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the State Senate.”

Two years ago, Senator Ritchie’s victory over a long-seated incumbent switched the Senate back to Republican conbtrol, after two disastrous years under New York City-dominated leadership.

Here are Senator Ritchie’s vote margins for each county in the 48th Senate District:

Jefferson 73%

St. Lawrence 76%

Oswego 65%

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