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Claudia Tenney officially announces 2020 bid to regain House seat

Tenney posted a video showing her plans to revive her bid for the 22nd Congressional District.

Posted: Sep 30, 2019 7:56 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 10:20 AM

Utica, N.Y. (UPDATE) --Claudia Tenney has officially announced her 2020 Candidacy for New York's 22nd Congressional District and re-match against Rep. Anthony Brindisi.

Tenney's entry into the race sets up a re-match against Rep. Anthony Brindisi in a district President Trump won by 15.5% in 2016.

This also sets Tenney up to face the three other Republicans running -- Franklin Sager, George Phillips, and Steve Cornwell -- in a primary next year.

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Utica, N.Y. - There's a report in the New York Daily News newspaper out of New York City that former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of New Hartford was planning to announce on Tuesday that she will run to try to regain her seat in congress.

The report says Tenney wanted to get feedback from some advisors about a video she planned to use to make the announcement tomorrow but she posted the video on the video platform called Vimeo and so publicly.

The report says the Daily News was able to see the video before it was taken down this afternoon.

News Channel 2 reached out to Claudia Tenney tonight to get her comments on the report in the Daily News and we did get a call back from a person close to her who says she will be available tomorrow for an interview with News Channel 2, but the person did not want to say whether she will announce her candidacy tomorrow.

We have also reached out to Congressman Anthony Brindisi, who narrowly beat Tenney in last November's election, to get his thoughts on a possible rematch against Tenney.

We did get a statement from his campaign spokesperson Sarah Russell. She says , "This district has long turned the page on Claudia Tenney, who delivered for late night tv more than she ever did our hometown. Anthony Brindisi is the kind of pragmatic, bipartisan problem solver the district appreciates and America could use more of. He'll keep up his fight for middle-class families, but remains at-the-ready for a re-match against a kind of politics voters are, quite frankly, exhausted by."

Again, we are expected to hear from Claudia Tenney at some point tomorrow, so stay with News Channel 2 and wktv.com for the very latest on this story.

See Tenney's official campaign video below:

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