ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- After spending all week on Capitol Hill for new lawmaker-orientation, Democrat Eric Massa has flown home to western New York to officially declare victory in a congressional district dominated by Republicans since the Civil War.
With all absentee ballots now counted, the retired Navy commander says Friday he beat two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Randy Kuhl by more than 5,000 votes.
The Associated Press declared Massa the winner on Election Night when he was about 4,400 votes ahead, but Massa held off claiming victory until all votes were counted.
He says Kuhl called him Friday morning to concede.
The conservative-leaning 29th District runs along the state's border with Pennsylvania and reaches up toward Rochester.