Rep. Claudia Tenney has conceded in the 22nd Congressional District race.
Tenney and Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi were neck and neck at the polls.
AP projected Brindisi as the winner on Election Night.
After absentee ballots were counted, it was mathematically impossible for Tenney to overcome Brindisi’s lead.
Tenney’s campaign issued the following statement:
“As the votes have been counted the last several weeks, it has become clear that while we remain on the right side of the issues and history, we came out on the wrong side of a very close race. Despite this setback, there is still a critical fight ahead for the heart and soul of this nation, and one which I will not give up. Serving Central New York in Congress has been a tremendous honor, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish for our area, and I am grateful to all the people who supported our campaign.
I wish Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi the best and my office will work with him to ensure a smooth transition and good constituent services for the people of the 22nd District. We should acknowledge when Congressman-elect Brindisi does the right thing for this district, but hold him accountable for every vote he takes to advance a liberal agenda that doesn’t help our community.”
Upon the news that the AP has officially called the race in New York’s 22nd district and Claudia Tenney has conceded, Anthony Brindisi released the following statement:
“I am extremely proud of all the volunteers and supporters who helped make this historic win possible. Our community needs an independent voice who will fight for everyone, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to do that in Congress. Now that the results are official, I’m looking forward to working with Representative Tenney to ensure a smooth transition on behalf of our constituents. This Congressional seat belongs to the people of Upstate New York. I’m excited to get to work putting their needs first.”
At last count, Brindisi was up by over 4,000 votes.