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 KatkoGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role 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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The district is evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, and in 2016, Katko was among only 25 House Republicans to win a district carried by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Clintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections MORE

For the first time this year, Katko endorsed President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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 HaleyWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Noem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE

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