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GOP’s Stefanik tops Woolf for open US House seat

November 5, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican Elise Stefanik (steh-FAHN’-ik) has become the youngest woman elected to Congress by defeating Democrat Aaron Woolf in a race for an open U.S. House seat in northern New York.

The 30-year-old former aide in George W. Bush’s White House won her party’s nomination this summer with the help of super political action committees that funneled more than $1 million into the primary.

Woolf is a documentary filmmaker and business owner who dipped into his personal finances to lend his campaign $600,000.

Stefanik and Woolf were first-time candidates.

Matt Funiciello (foo-nuh-CHEHL’-oh) ran on the Green Party line.

New York’s 21st District extends from the Canadian border across the Adirondacks to Saratoga County. The district is one of the largest in the Eastern United States.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens is retiring.

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