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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 Trump 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. 

{mosads}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 Mueller’s investigation.

The hotly fought race brought in big political names, with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan (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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