JOHNSTOWN - Republican Assemblyman Marc W. Butler from Newport, who has served 17 years in the state Legislature, was returned for another two-year term, according to unofficial election results.
Butler beat Democratic businessman Joseph Chilelli of Herkimer to win re-election.
"As I'm watching the results, it's better than two to one," Butler said Tuesday night. "At this point, I can claim victory."
The annual base salary of a member of the state Assembly is $79,500.
As a result of redistricting by the state Legislature starting next year, Butler's new 118th Assembly seat adds a large geographic portion of rural St. Lawrence County, as well as Hamilton County and some of Lewis County. It includes all of Fulton County, as well as parts of Herkimer and Oneida counties.
"I think my experience was a factor," Butler said, assessing his victory. "I think I've done a lot of good."
In the race, with 77 percent of the vote counted, Butler won by 68 percent to 32 percent. Butler had 21,988 votes compared to 10,188 votes for Chilelli.
According to unofficial general election results in Fulton County, Butler gained these totals for the county: Republican -10,013; Conservative - 1,244; Independence - 481. Chilelli had 4,555 votes from Fulton County.
"The way I changed districts, I had to almost start over," Butler said. "I had three new counties. I went out and shook a lot of hands. I was energized. I was happy to do it and the response was great."
The longtime assemblyman said he's anxious to get back to the state Legislature and fight for more jobs for he area.
"That is always the issue and we're in a good spot in Fulton County," Butler said.
The 60-year-old Butler was first elected to the 113th District of state Assembly in 1995. He is the ranking minority member on the Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee.
The 46-year-old Chilelli, a real estate agent and owner of an antique furniture and giftware business, said his campaign was worth it.
"I thought I got some tremendous responses," he said. "I got a lot of feedback from people."
Chilelli said it's too early to say whether he will stay in politics and run again.