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Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race

Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race
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Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment NY Republican says cybersecurity will be a high priority for Homeland Security panel Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents MORE (R) is projected to have defeated Democrat Dana Balter in a closely watched race in upstate New York.

The Associated Press called the race at 5:07 p.m. EST, weeks after Election Day. 

The race was a rematch of 2018, when Katko beat out Balter by only 5 points for a fourth term. His seat this year was one of a few races The Cook Political Report rated as a pure tossup.

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For the first time this year, Katko endorsed President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE, though he has been critical of some of Trump's comments. He did not vote for Trump in 2016 and instead wrote in Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyCan we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat Nikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid MORE

Katko has said he almost reconsidered his endorsement but decided Trump's economic, trade and tax policies were good for central New York.