Tuesday’s 24th Congressional District Democratic Primary was no contest.
Syracuse University professor Dana Balter trounced failed Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez-Williams by 26 points, winning easily in all four counties in the district.
Balter had the backing of local Democrats and national progressive groups, while Perez-Williams parachuted into the race in April with the support of Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic National Campaign Committee.
National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Chris Martin released a statement saying Balter is running to repeal the GOP tax cuts and strap taxpayers with a $32 trillion single-payer health care system, adding her far-left agenda is painfully out of touch with the district.
Katko’s campaign manager Jeff Bishop told the Citizen the two-term Republican looks forward to running on his record of bipartisanship and being an independent voice for central New York in Congress.
Balter has been a vocal critic of Katko as a member of the CNY Solidarity Coalition, an activist group that formed after Donald Trump was elected.