Judge Declares Republican Claudia Tenney Winner of New York 22nd District Election

JULY 25: Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican conference in the Capitol on July 25, 2017. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., appears at left. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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A judge ruled Friday that former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) defeated Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) in the race for New York’s 22nd District.

A judge declared Tenney the winner; however, Brindisi promised to appeal to the state court, or even contest the election at the House of Representatives.

If the judge’s ruling stands, it would represent a significant victory for House Republicans, as the House Democrat majority would shrink to nine.

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Tom Emmer (R-MN) said in a statement Friday:

Congratulations to Claudia Tenney on her victory in New York’s 22nd District. Claudia is a proven fighter for upstate New York who will pick up right where she left off delivering bipartisan solutions for her district. I am delighted to welcome Claudia back to Washington and look forward to working alongside her once again.

Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) President Dan Conston said in a statement Friday, “Claudia Tenney is the fighter Upstate New York needs, and I congratulate her on winning this election,” said CLF President Dan Conston. “This seat was a top offensive priority for CLF, and we are proud of the role we played in helping to win this race.”

Tenney managed to reclaim her seat in New York’s 22nd district after she narrowly lost to Brindisi during the 2018 midterm elections. She lost by 1.8 percent.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said in a statement Friday:

Congratulations to my friend @claudiatenney for her victory. Our 18th #EPAC candidate win of the cycle! The year of the Republican Woman! All the legal votes have been counted. The Democrats desperate antics have failed! It’s been over two months.

Brindisi said in a statement on Friday, “I am shocked and surprised by this decision because of the countless errors and discrepancies that have occurred throughout this initial count. I believe a full audit and hand recount is the only way to resolve this race.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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