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Congratulations to Congresswoman-Elect Kathy Hochul

Great news late last night from NY-26: Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul won the special election with 47% of the vote in the traditionally Republican-held seat.

OFA New York State Director Geoff Berman is delighted with the victory, crediting volunteers with helping to turn out the vote:

From the moment our voter contact efforts began early yesterday morning, volunteers flooded our phone bank and canvassing locations, eager to help get out the vote in NY-26.

The response we had from voters was incredibly positive. At the start of this election, naysayers said that electing a Democrat in this traditionally Republican district was just not possible.

I’m so proud of our volunteers, who helped secure victory and demonstrated yet again the power of everyday citizens to make a difference. We congratulate Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul on her hard-fought win.

Welcoming the result, President Obama said in a statement last night:

Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.

The victory in NY-26 is another sign of what can happen when people take charge of the political process for themselves. If you're not already involved, sign up to help grow the 2012 campaign in your community.

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