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Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado declares victory in 19th District Democratic primary

NEW YORK-- The 19th Congressional District now has a Democratic candidate to face off against the Republican incumbent.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 11:42 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 2:39 PM

NEW YORK-- The 19th Congressional District now has a Democratic candidate to face off against the Republican incumbent.

Unofficial results show Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado winning the the Democratic primary Tuesday night, beating out six other candidates in the race.

As of 11:30 Thursday night, Delgado earned roughly 22 percent of the vote, beating out the second place finisher by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Delgado will face off against freshman representative John Faso on election night in November. The 19th district is one of the most-watched races in the country, as the Cook Political Report deemed it a "Toss-Up Republican" seat.

Delgado thanked his supporters at his victory celebration in Kingston.

But in a district that elected both Faso and President Donald Trump in 2016, there's still a challenge in persuading voters on the fence.

"We have to have a good, strong, local candidate, but we have to have one that supports moderate values throughout the nation," Richard Sternberg, member of the Otsego Country Democratic Party said. 

Sternberg said Delgado, Pat Ryan, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, David Clegg and Erin Collier all signed pledges to support the winner of the primary in November's general election. Only Jeff Beals abstained from signing.

"No matter what, we want to make sure that we get John Faso out of the seat," Collier said. "He is not doing anyone any favors, so we all need to come together and make sure that we are working together to get a Democrat in the seat."

Faso did not apear to react to his competitor's primary win Tuesday night, but the National Republican Congressional Committee put out the following statement following Delgado's unofficial win:

“Antonio Delgado is running to bring his liberal New York City values to the 19th District. His liberal colleagues at the largest lobbying firm in Washington are bankrolling his campaign because they know he would be a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi.”

The 19th district comprises all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery, and Rensselaer counties.

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