Updated 11/07/2012 02:33 AM
Higgins wins reelection bid
The 26th Congressional District wasn't one of the tighter races, and YNN's Natalia Martinez reports that Democrat Brian Higgins secured his seat yet again, beating out a Republican running for the first time.
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The results for the 26th Congressional District came in early on Tuesday night.
Four-term Democrat Brian Higgins won by a landslide with 76 percent of the vote in Erie County.
Higgins says he's staying focused on the Inner and Outer Harbor and economic development.
"Downtown developement with the growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the demand for the residential developement, so you're just going to see in the next two years tremendous growth for Buffalo and Western New York making Buffalo one of the great cities of America again," said Higgins, (D).
The 26th District includes all of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Grand Island, the Tonawandas, Amherst, and Cheektowaga and is overwhelmingly Democratic. All night people were glued to the screen watching those numbers come in and hoping their local candidates would win for a better tomorrow.
Republican Michael Madigan, 48, was running for the first time. He gained 24 percent of the vote in Erie County. The businessman from Grand Island had focused his campaign on education.
"It's not working and we need to change that and change the way in which we're doing it. This isn't something that's going to be fixed in six months, it's going to take years and we've started to build that foundation and that's where I'm headed," he said.
Meanwhile, Higgins says he's ready to fight for Western New York for another four years.