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  • Reed edges Shinagawa in 23rd District race

  • Keyed by a big win in his home territory of Steuben County, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed appears to have won another two years in Congress.

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  • Keyed by a big win in his home territory of Steuben County, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed appears to have won another two years in Congress.
    Reed, the Republican from Corning, edged his challenger, Ithaca Democrat Nate Shinagawa, by a total of 126,191 to 116,189 in the race for the 23rd Congressional District, according to unofficial results with a few polling locations missing in two of 11 counties.
    “This is a great feeling,” Reed said at his election night gathering at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Corning. “It’s just overwhelming, and I’m very humbled by all the support we received.”
    Reed’s camp declared victory around 11 p.m., and Shinagawa conceded shortly after midnight at his gathering at the Ithaca Holiday Inn.
    The new 23rd Congressional District covers much of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.
    Reed dominated in Steuben, while Shinagawa won by a wide margin Tompkins County, where he’s a county legislator.
    It was extremely close in several other counties in the 23rd, including Chemung and Schuyler.
    Here’s the breakdown on how they voted:
    Steuben (Reed 20,836, Shinagawa 13,922)
    Chemung (Reed 16,291, Shinagawa 15,080)
    Schuyler (Reed 3,973, Shinagawa 3,364)
    Yates (Reed 4,388, Shinagawa 3,666)
    Allegany (Reed 9,560, Shinagawa 5,400)
    Seneca (Reed 5,775, Shinagawa 5,372)
    Tompkins (Shinagawa 23,834, Reed 10,086)
    Cattaraugus (Reed 14,680, Shinagawa 11,450)
    Chautauqua (Reed 24,558, Shinagawa 22,042)
    Tioga (Reed 8,450, Shinagawa 5,512)
    Ontario (Reed 7,594, Shinagawa 6,547)
    Apparent wins in 10 out of 11 districts in the 23rd showed he had “broad support,” Reed said, and he promised to represent Tompkins County - the only one he lost - “as vigorously as we represent everyone else.”
    Asked about his goals for his second term in Congress, Reed said he planned “to continue to have that bipartisan representation in Washington.”
    “Because we have to solve these problems that face America ... be it our jobs crisis, getting people back to work in the private sector ... be it the fiscal crisis, the debt crisis ... we have to solve them, and the only way we’re going to solve them is if we come together as a country,” he said.
    Reed, 40, currently represents the 29th District. A freshman in the House, he was recently appointed to the Ways and Means Committee.
    The new 23rd was created during the redistricting process in New York that followed the 2010 census, during which the state lost two seats in the House.

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