Republican Concedes In Tight Race For House Seat

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -

Republican challenger Mark Assini conceded to Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter on Wednesday in a surprisingly close race for a Rochester-area congressional seat.

Assini said he called Slaughter on Wednesday afternoon as a count of remaining ballots showed the congresswoman up by 861 votes out of more than 192,000 cast in her bid for a 15th term. Assini, the supervisor in the suburban town of Gates, said he was proud of his unexpectedly strong showing with a shoestring campaign.

“Nobody — and I mean nobody unless they had the last name Assini — thought we could do this,” he said.

Slaughter, 85, was elected to Congress in 1987 and has built a reputation as a champion for women’s rights. She fended off a challenge in the newly drawn district in 2012 but was not considered an endangered incumbent in the months leading up to this campaign.

Assini said he plans to run again for the 25th District in two years.