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District 21 holds Republican primary

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Updated: 6/24 11:29 pm

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – A Republican primary was held Tuesday to determine which names will be at the ballot box in November.

Congressional races are the focus as Tuesday is Federal Primary Day in New York. In the Capital Region, a Republican primary is being held in District 21 to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens.

Watertown investment manager Matthew Doheny faces Elise Stefanik, from Willsboro, a former White House staffer.

Both candidates have been campaigning hoping to inspire voters to get out and vote.

Doheny hopes his message of financial strategy to restructure the role of congressional representatives has resonated with viewers.

“It’s our message knowing that they can hire a self-made businessman who’s from the area and who has the experience of being in each and every one of the 194 towns and cities that make up the big North Country district,” he said.

Stefanik has pushed her background of small business and knowledge of Washington as to why the 29-year-old is the best candidate for the job.

“I’m optimistic that our positive message and positive vision about how we can grow the economy in the North Country and how we can make it a better place for future generations is resonating,” she said.

The 21st district includes Fulton, Warren, Washington and parts of Saratoga County.

Polls closed at 9 p.m.

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