Democrat Brindisi knocks off Tenney in NY House race

New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D) defeated Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday, securing a victory for House Democrats in a closely watched contest.

Brindisi, 39, toppled Tenney in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, flipping a district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won by roughly 16 percentage points two years ago.

Brindisi outraised Tenney during the campaign cycle, and millions of dollars in outside spending and advertising flowed into the race as polls showed the two candidates neck-and-neck. 


Tenney, who was first elected to the House in 2016, fully embraced Trump and his rhetoric as her re-election bid tightened, echoing his attacks on Democrats and the media and chastising the Department of Justice over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation.

The hotly fought race brought in big political names, with Trump, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence posts, deletes photo of Trump campaign staff without face masks, not social distancing Pence threatens to deploy military if Pennsylvania governor doesn’t quell looting Pence on Floyd: ‘No tolerance for racism’ in US MORE and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won’t support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here’s why Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) all separately attending fundraisers for Tenney in the central New York district in recent months to bolster her campaign.

The district encompasses the cities of Utica, Rome and Binghamton.

Brindisi has represented parts of the district in the state assembly for the last seven years. Prior to that, he worked as an attorney and served on the Utica School Board.

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