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Owens again defeats Doheny in 21st District

Owens again defeats Doheny in 21st District

For Matthew Doheny, there will be no third run for Congress.

For Matthew Doheny, there will be no third run for Congress.

Doheny, 42, a Watertown-based venture capitalist, lost Tuesday night in his second attempt to gain a seat in Congress, this time in the 21st Congressional District.

Both bids were against U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, 63, D-Plattsburgh, who won his third two-year term in Congress on Tuesday. Owens had earlier obtained a court order to impound the ballots in the race.

With Doheny’s concession, that process will not be necessary, officials said.

This time around, Doheny lost by 3,193 votes, according to unofficial results, collecting 104,452 votes to Owens’ 107,645.

Green Party Candidate Donald Hassig collected 3,504.

Two years ago, when Doheny and Owens first battled, Doheny lost by about 2,000 votes. That was in the 23rd Congressional District. The 21st is a newly re-apportioned district, the result of the latest U.S. Census.

Spokesman Jude Seymour said Doheny is done with politics.

“He gave a concession speech [Tuesday night] and said two things: He could not have worked any harder to make his case and that he absolutely feels he would not have done anything different.”

Seymour said Doheny “ran as long as he could and as hard as he could, and people chose the other guy.”

Owens said he was “grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to bring [Tuesday’s] victory home. Now it’s time to get back to work helping to create jobs, passing a bipartisan Farm Bill and strengthening the middle class.”

The two candidates spent nearly the same amount of money on their campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission filings between Jan. 1 and Oct. 12: Owens spent $1.4 million and Doheny $1.5 million.

They raised nearly identical amounts as well.

Owens raised $1.8 million, of which 35 percent came from individual contributions and 54 percent came from committees.

Doheny raised $1.8 million, of which 45 percent was a personal loan to himself and 41 percent came from individual contributions.

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