Democrat Christine Pellegrino has defeated her Republican challenger in a New York state special election, just months after the district went big for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE in the 2016 presidential race.
Pellegrino, a delegate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan Sanders urges Biden to delay Medicare premium hike linked to Alzheimer's drug MORE (I-Vt.) during the Democratic presidential primary, defeated Republican challenger Thomas Gargiulo in the District 9 State Assembly special election.
"Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who worked so hard during my campaign," Pellegrino posted on her Facebook page.
"I look forward to representing the people of the 9th Assembly District!"
Some Democrats applauded the win on Twitter to warn Republicans that their unified control of the federal government is at risk in the 2018 midterm elections. The race represents another victory for Democrats, who are looking for wins in state races and House special elections in Georgia and Montana as proof that an anti-Trump backlash is building.
Wow! Educator & Bernie 2016 delegate Christine Pellegrino won her special election tonight & flipped New York Assembly District 9 blue! pic.twitter.com/XwLYqdRlwc— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) May 24, 2017
A Bernie delegate just won a state assembly seat in a district Trump won by 23. Time for GOP to panic.https://t.co/VgWirgvrrq— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) May 24, 2017
Another canary in the coal mine for Republicans. https://t.co/SjlxuS0KuJ— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 24, 2017
Every. Republican. Is. At. Risk. https://t.co/6NyBfoPzrT— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 24, 2017
Something is happening. BIG congrats to Christine Pellegrino on flipping this CONSERVATIVE Assembly district. I got 31% in 2016. https://t.co/V4ZyOYs2g3— Brendan Cunningham (@cunningham61) May 24, 2017
In New Hampshire, Democrat Edith DesMarais also won a special election in the town of Wolfeboro, defeating Republican Matthew Planche.
Pellegrino will take the seat of Republican Joseph Saladino. He has served in the position since 2004 but stepped down earlier this year after he was appointed Oyster Bay town supervisor.
Matt Walter, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said Democrats may be beginning to understand that "political action starts in the states."
“After investing unprecedented dollars in failed efforts to flip seats, it appears Democrats could be waking to the reality that political action starts in the states," he said in a statement.
"Before last night, the only seat to change parties was from Democrat to Republican after Democrats failed to flip any seats in blue states with Republican control, including both chambers in Virginia, the Minnesota House – where Republicans have an all-time high – and a tied Connecticut Senate.”
- Updated at 11:52 a.m.