Democrats in New York appeared headed for a gain of two seats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, capping a brutally competitive season in which both parties and their allies spent tens of millions of dollars seeking control of Congressional districts across the state. But Republicans managed to beat back other aggressive challenges they faced, preserving most of the gains that the party made in 2010, fueled by Tea Party activists and energy. The results in New York, a state that figured prominently in the national battle for control of Congress, echoed a weak showing of House Democrats around the country, who failed to capture enough seats to wrest control of Congress from the Republicans. In one of the most hard-fought House races in the state, Representative Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican from the Syracuse area, was defeated by Dan Maffei, a Democrat seeking to reclaim the seat he lost to her two years earlier. In the suburbs north of New York City, another first-term Republican, Representative Nan Hayworth, also came up short. Shortly after midnight, Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to Gov. Eliot Spitzer and President Bill Clinton, declared victory over Ms. Hayworth in a race… Read full this story
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