With 96% of precincts reporting results from early and in-person primary voting, Claudia Tenney is ahead in the race for the Republican bid for Congress in the 22nd district.
Tenney faced George Phillips, of Binghamton, for the Republican nomination.
With 69% of the votes, Tenney is declaring victory, although absentee ballots still need to be counted.
“Thank you to all of the voters who exercised their right to vote in this primary election. I am humbled to have the support of the Republican voters across NY-22. Now is the time for us to come together and focus on defeating out-of-touch Democrats like Anthony Brindisi who are nothing more than a rubberstamp for Pelosi and the far left,” said Tenney.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of district residents voted via absentee ballot, and those results will not be reported for at least a week.
Phillips released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"I am sad that election night results did not go our way but most grateful to all of our supporters.
"There were over 15,000 absentee ballot requests in our district. Our team worked these absentee ballots extremely hard and I am confident that we will make up votes but I am afraid it will not be enough.
"I wish Claudia Tenney the best and success as Republicans try to take back the House of Representatives in the fall."
The official results are expected to be released in early July.
The Republican candidate will face incumbent Congressman Anthony Brindisi in the November elections.