Democrat Brindisi knocks off Tenney in NY House race

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 TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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. 

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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) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's investigation.

The hotly fought race brought in big political names, with Trump, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceParnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' White House pushes back on Parnas allegations The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEsper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Latinos say they didn't benefit from Trump tax cuts — here's why Conservative commentator rips Trump's signature tax overhaul: 'It was a big mistake' 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.