Binghamton businessman drops out of congressional race

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Michael Vasquez, a Binghamton small business owner who was seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna in the GOP primary, has announced he is withdrawing from the race.

Vasquez has thrown his support behind Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who announced her intention to challenge Hanna a few weeks ago.

"Once Assemblywoman Tenney joined the election, I took some time re-evaluate the political landscape, setting aside my ego and focusing on the best result for the public," Vasquez said. "My conclusion was that a race between the incumbent, Assemblywoman Tenney and myself would fracture the vote -- which is to the disadvantage of the district.

"Thus, I am devoting my voice and efforts to a unified challenge under the banner of a consistent, clear, accountable candidate that holds the same convictions and priorities that I and the people of the NY-22 hold -- Assemblywoman Tenney."

Michael Kicinski is also vying for Hanna's seat in the GOP primary.

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