State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, retained her seat in the 48th District on Tuesday.
Sen. Ritchie beat out Amy M. Tresidder, a Democratic Oswego County legislator.
Sen. Ritchie had 60,474 votes in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson counties, according to the unofficial tally by the county Boards of Election. Four districts had yet to report in Jefferson County. Mrs. Tresidder tallied an unofficial vote count of 25,742.
In St. Lawrence County, the unofficial tally showed Mrs. Ritchie outpolling Mrs. Tresidder 12,837 to 4,108. In Oswego County, Mrs. Ritchie won 25,207 to 13,426, and in Jefferson County, 22,430 to 8,208.
Ive been very fortunate to have such strong volunteers, Mrs. Ritchie said, speaking Tuesday night at her campaign headquarters in Ogdensburgs Seaway Shopping Center.
Ive been out seven days a week, 12 hours a day pretty much for two years straight, she said. The voters recognize that Im out every day, doing the best I can for them.
Mrs. Ritchie said her focus for the next two years will be bringing jobs and economic development to the north country.
I will continue the same line from the last two years to help create jobs and reduce taxes, she said. We need to reduce property taxes, reduce the regulatory burden and we also need to try and reduce energy costs here in New York.
Ms. Tresidder said she spent the last week of the campaign working on the ground game, too.
Ive been everywhere, she said, adding that her campaign has taken her from one end of the district to the other, including Canton and Watertown.
But with the unofficial results, Ms. Tresidder said, I think we did a good job. We did it ourselves.
She said she now will focus on her job as a county legislator.
Weve got to get the budget done, she said.
Thomas L. Jenison, chairman of the St. Lawrence County Republican Party, said Mrs. Ritchie was a champion of the ground game.
The senator has been working hard to get her name in the public eye and has been campaigning nonstop, Mr. Jenison said. Shes outshone her opponents in the way, he said.
Patricia A. McMurry, Sen. Ritchies assistant, said, Everyones worked really hard and were all taking a deep breath.
The county Boards of Election will certify the vote counts over the next several days.