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UPDATE: Maffei declares victory in 24th District race

Democrat Dan Maffei celebrates at Pensabene’s in Syracuse on election night.

Democrat Dan Maffei celebrates at Pensabene’s in Syracuse on election night. Photo by Ned Campbell.

— UPDATE: Dan Maffei has issued a statement declaring victory in the 24th District Congressional race. The statement is as follows:

"I am honored that the people of Central New York have elected me to represent them in Congress. We have won an important victory for Central New York’s middle class. I am looking forward to working to fix our economy, create jobs, and rebuild our middle class. I would like to thank the voters, and all of our supporters who invested their time and energy in our campaign. This victory belongs to them."

According to the latest counts, Maffei holds a 4 percent lead over Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle.

EARLIER:The Associated Press has called the 24th District Congressional Race in favor of Democratic challenger Dan Maffei. But it could still be too soon to tell.

According to the AP, Maffei, who lost the position in 2010, beat out Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle as well as Green Party challenger Ursula Rozum for the seat.

In his speech at Pensabene’s in Syracuse, even before the race was called in his favor, Maffei was jubilant, calling himself Central New York’s own “Comeback Kid.”

“We do still have some votes to count, but at this point, I am confident that when all the votes are counted, I will be your next Congressman,” he said. “Now the truth is, with a victory like this, it’s close, there’s a lot, everything is going on and every vote certainly counted. I have to tell you, this is not one of those wins that you call a candidate win. This is a win for my supporters. When you lose a race like we did two years ago and it’s that close … you learn who your real friends are. And ladies and gentlemen, I’m surrounded tonight by my real friends.”

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