Upset Victory By Kathy Hochul in NY-26 Special Election

Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul arrives at a campaign stop at a restaurant in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, before her upset win.— by Marc R. Stanley and David A. Harris, NJDC

Throughout the campaign, Representative- Elect Hochul showed Jewish families in Western New York that she was the only candidate in the race committed to protecting Medicare and Medicaid; two programs that have been under attack by Republicans in Congress and are relied upon by many elderly Jews for their medical care.

Rep.-Elect Hochul will be a strong defender of social programs that Jewish voters in Western New York rely on for their medical care. She has shown without a shadow of a doubt, that she will stand up to Speaker Boehner and stand for the people of Western New York. We are delighted to have such a wonderful advocate representing Western New York Jewish families in Congress.

The National Jewish Democratic Council contacted Jewish Households over the past week in an effort to get out the vote. Since Thursday, nearly 10,000 Jewish voters in Western New York were called to remind them of the special election that took place today. The Associated Press called the race with Kathy Hochul beating opponents Republican Jane Corwin and Green Party Candidate Ian Murphy and Independent, Tea Party backed candidate Jack Davis with 48% of the vote.  

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