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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 TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation.

The hotly fought race brought in big political names, with Trump, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOn The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Pence buys .9M home in Indiana Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman MORE and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up 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.