Republicans have lost in western New York.
Democrat Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk, won a special election this evening in the Empire State’s 26th congressional district, which straddles the suburbs of Rochester and Buffalo. Republican Jane Corwin has conceded.
Early reports from the Associated Press show Hochul with 48 percent, Corwin with 42 percent and Jack Davis, a Tea Party candidate, with 9 percent.
UPDATE: The president spikes the ball:
I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to outcompete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.