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Slaughter Defeats Brooks in Hard-Fought Congressional Race

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Rochester: Slaughter Defeats Brooks in Hard-Fought Congressional Race
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It was a hard-fought race that included thousand and thousands of phone calls, mailers and hours of volunteer effort, and incumbent Louise Slaughter will go back to Washington, representing the 25th Congressional District.

Louise Slaughter took 57 percent of the vote; Brooks 43 percent.

Slaughter says she wants to get back to Washington to continue taking on the fights that no one else will. She thanked her supporters for staying with her through all the years and through this campaign that she says withstood distortions and attacks.

"People in this community knew me and they weren't going to buy that I was a person who went on lavish vacations and didn't do any legislative work. They knew me better than that. I'm so grateful for that. I don't think they ever wavered. They stayed with me for all the work we did before," said Slaughter, (D).

Maggie Brooks says she's proud of the message she put forth and felt she did all she could've done to win. She congratulated Slaughter, saying as county executive she'll soon be at her office in Washington asking for her help in our community.

As for what's next politically down the road for Brooks?

"I need to take a deep breath and let everything sink in. As you said, it's been a long campaign it was hard fought. We have a budget to prepare starting tomorrow. I think it's premature to talk about what's in the cards for the future. I'm the county executive and I'll keep doing my job," said Brooks, (R).

Everyone we talked to says Wednesday will be a day to relax.

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