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23rd Congressional District results closer than expected

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It was a surprise in the 23rd Congressional District. While incumbent Tom Reed did save his seat, it wasn't the landslide many expected. Our Tamara Lindstrom has the details.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- It's a win for Republicans in the 23rd Congressional District.

"It's just a great feeling, just overwhelming. And I'm very humbled by all the support we received and all the hard work paid off," said Tom Reed, (R) 23rd Congressional District.

Incumbent Tom Reed holds onto his seat in the newly formed district, which spans eleven counties.

"Winning ten out of the eleven counties I think shows a great broad support for what we believe in. And people are standing with us. And Tompkins County this is an introduction. We're going to support them as vigorously as we support everyone else. And I'm looking forward to making many, many new friends there," said Reed.

But the support was not overwhelming.

In a district thought to be heavily Republican, Democratic challenger Nate Shinagawa took home 49 percent of the vote to Reed's 51.

"We knew just on the ground that this was a close race the entire time. And the fact that we got to this 51-49 race shows exactly how close it is,” said Nate Shinagawa, 23rd Congressional Dist. candidate.

Shinagawa says it was a grassroots effort that gave Reed a run for his money.

"We were outspent three to one as well. We raised about $800,000. Our opponent with the PACs that back him, had about $2.4 million plus that were running against us," said Shinagawa.

While Reed says he's ready to get back to work solving the country's problems.

"The 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," said Reed.

Shinagawa says his close call shows a change in the district.

"I think we showed that really a grassroots network and a grassroots movement can get very close. And I think for any candidate that runs in the future for the 23rd District, they need to know that this is a toss-up seat. It's not a safe Republican seat," said Shinagawa.

Promising a lively run for the seat in two years, no matter who the candidates are.

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