CORNING – Republican Congressman Tom Reed has been reelected to his fifth term in Office. The former mayor of Corning, NY who was first elected to congress in 2010, held off Democratic Challenger Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yann with a margin of victory 122,881 votes (53.8 percent) to 100,495 votes (44 percent).
More than 228,000 voters turned on election day in 2018 to vote on the representative for New York’s 23rd Congressional District – about a 16 percent improvement over the total number of voters who showed up in the last midterm election of 2014. That year, Reed received nearly 58 percent of the total vote while his opponent that year, Democrat Martha Robertson of Tompkins County, picked up just 36 percent.
Of the 11 counties that are part of the 23rd District, Chautauqua County has the highest number of registered voters with just under 76,0000. Of those voters, 41,270 turned on out on Election Day this year to vote, with 24,134 (59 percent) choosing Reed, while 16,579 (41 percent) voted for Mitrano.
But as Reed celebrated his most recent victory, he’ll do so knowing that he and other House Republicans will be in the minority starting in January. All major news outlets have reported that Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, dealing a major setback to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda and giving fresh hope to liberals who want to investigate and perhaps even impeach the president.