113th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT — With the counting of absentee ballots this week widening her lead over challenger David Catalfamo, state Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner on Friday declared victory.
“Moments ago I spoke to my opponent and accepted his congratulations on my victory,” Woerner said Friday morning.
“While we are still waiting for official results to be posted, my lead has widened to more than 6,000 votes as the County Boards of Election continue to count absentee ballots,” said Woerner, D-Round Lake, who was seeking her fourth two-year term against Catalfamo, a Republican with a background in state government and economic development.
Catalfamo acknowledged defeat, but said he was proud of the campaign he ran, support he received from Republican leaders, and the important issues he raised for upstate.
“This morning, I called Assemblywoman Woerner and congratulated her on being reelected to the New York State Assembly. Although we have not yet received the final ballot counts, it was clear that our campaign would fall short of the threshold needed to win,” Catalfamo said in a statement.
“This was a tough and spirited campaign, focused on the issues that matter most: our safety and security and New York’s economic recovery. The 2020 election was unlike any other, and I am so proud of our team and the effort we waged in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic.”
The race was the closest Assembly race in the Capital Region, where incumbents were generally returned to office in the Nov. 3 election.
Woerner had held a 901-vote lead following Election Day tabulations, but the results still depended on about 13,000 absentee ballot cast in the district, which includes eastern Saratoga County and western Washington County.
“I am humbled that the people of the 113th Assembly District have once again entrusted me to represent them in Albany,” Woerner said. “I want to extend my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the army of volunteers who made all the difference in this race.”
Catalfamo has blamed his defeat in part on a surge of funding for television ads supporting Woerner in the final days of the campaign. The Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee put at least $130,000 into supporting Woerner’s campaign, according to Woerner’s last financial filing, 11 days before the election. Funding received after that will be included in a post-election filing due in early December.
The Republican challenger both defended the election system — under attack from President Trump and many of his supporters who have refused to acknowledge he lost the presidential election — and said the media and campaign finance system can be unfair to conservative Republicans.
“While our voting system is imperfect, it is not rigged. This election result is fair, I accept it without reservation and I strongly urge all my supporters to do the same,” Catalfamo said.
But, he went on, “that is not to suggest there aren’t problems that are undermining trust in our system; big-tech must be checked, polling is fundamentally broken, our media all too often allows their passions or financial interest to override journalistic integrity and New York’s campaign finance laws decidedly favor liberal groups. These are problems that undermine voters’ faith in the fairness of our system and must be addressed.”