CLARENCE, NY (WNY News Now) – Nick Langworthy declared victory in his bid for the Republican Party’s nomination for Congress, in what was a tight primary race to make the general election ballot this fall.
The New York State Republican Party Chairman made the announcement just before midnight Wednesday following a neck-and-neck race for New York State’s 23rd Congressional District over Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.
While Paladino started the night strong, the race was tight just before the 11 o’clock hour. As more rural counties reported vote tallies, Langworthy’s victory seemed apparent.
According to a district wide vote tally by WNY News Now, as of 11:40 p.m. Tuesday Langworhty held nearly 52 percent of the vote over Paladino’s 47 percent, 24,220 to 22,257, with a 1,963 lead.
Chautauqua County voters specifically favored Langworthy over Paladino, with the chairman winning 63 percent of the vote, 4,542, to Paladino’s 34 percent, 2,503, locally.
Paladino did have a successful night in Erie County, however, bringing in over 55 percent of the vote.
A write-in campaign for Jamestown area pharmacist Rich Moon appeared to have yielded over 550 write-in votes district wide for the primary election.
Even though he doesn’t actually live within the district, throughout his campaign Langworthy made it clear he grew up in the Southern Tier, with family still living in Chautauqua County.
He announced his bid for office back in June following what was a lengthy redistricting process to define the bounds of the state’s 23rd Congressional District.
Langworthy will face Airforce veteran Max Della Pia in the general election this fall, the Democratic-endorsed candidate on the ticket.
The two are running to represent the newly redistricted 23rd District, which features new borders including Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, plus a large part of Erie County.