Primaries for Congressional Districts 19 & 21 Decided

Tedra Cobb was the winner of the Democratic primary for District 21 and Antonio Delgado won in District 19.

ALBANY – Antonio Delgado emerged as the apparent winner late Tuesday in a crowded primary with seven Democrats vying to take on Republican Rep. John Faso, who is seeking a second term in November. In the North Country, Democrat Tedra Cobb cruised to a primary victory and will take on GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik in November. With more than 84 percent of election districts reporting, Delgado racked up nearly 22 percent of the vote in the crowded primary. He had 7,022 votes, Gareth Rhodes was second with 5,708 votes and Pat Ryan had 5,465 votes. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Faso, who lives in Kinderhook, is the freshman representative for the 19th Congressional District, which is an 11-county area that cradles that includes the counties of Columbia and Greene and parts of Montgomery and Rensselaer in the Capital Region. Delgado, an attorney who lives in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, offered voters a compelling life story and strong progressive bona fides, that helped attract the endorsement of Citizen Action. He raised $2.2 million, which set him apart from his peers and was more than Faso brought in during the same period. Trailing the three leaders were Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Brian Flynn and Erin Collier.

The Democrats touted similar policy pledges on the campaign trail, but each carved out a niche for voters to choose from. Ulster County Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale said the candidates focused on gun control, expanding access to health care and protecting the environment, but all had leveled criticism on the incumbents. "There is a sense of urgency on behalf of Democrats who are afraid it’s now or never to unseat Faso," he said. The sprawling, politically divided district includes affluent, left-leaning Hudson Valley towns and large swaths of rural farmland. Democratic voters narrowly outnumber Republicans, but 26 percent of voters aren’t enrolled in a party and Faso won by 25,000 votes in 2016. Cardinale contends that criticism of President Donald Trump, coupled with Faso’s record in office, will buoy the chances for a Democratic win in November. "I think the Hudson Valley is beginning to trend blue," he said. "Ulster County has been blue and is getting bluer. … It’s a slower process up district." Turnout was poised to hit 27 percent, nearly double the two-person Democratic primary in 2016 won by Zephyr Teachout. Cardinale said there was "no question" that the turnout was a good sign for Democrats in November. "When Democrats vote, Democrats win," he said. "Our problem has always been getting the turnout." Democrats have a steeper climb to unseat Stefanik, who enjoys a fundraising advantage and a steep GOP enrollment edge in the 21st Congressional District, which spans much of the Adirondacks and stretches south into the northern reaches of Saratoga County. Cobb racked up more than 56 percent of the vote in the five-way race with nearly all of the election districts reporting.

Cobb, who served two terms in the St. Lawrence County Legislature, was the only Democrat in the race with government experience. She established herself as the front runner with her fundraising lead and large base of volunteers, which contributed to her campaign racking up the most signatures to qualify for the ballot. Making health care more accessible and affordable was a major issue for Cobb, who said Stefanik’s vote to repeal Obamacare in 2017 played a role in her decision to run. She also made health care the focus of her television advertisement, which highlighted her work helping uninsured New Yorkers access services and addressed her family’s struggle to afford care. Katie Wilson, a Keene business owner, and Dylan Ratigan, a former cable news host, were battling it out for a distant second place. Warren County Democratic Committee Chair Lynne Boechner said her party’s primary campaign revealed new levels of enthusiasm among Democratic voters in the district. She said there has been an emergence of activist groups and new voters appear interested in the race. Stefanik’s campaign issued a statement congratulating Cobb, whom they described as an "out of touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate." Both districts had write-in primaries for the Women’s Equality Party. Wilson has the Working Families Party line for November, but previously said she will support the Democratic nominee. Around the state The big surprise happened in Queens, where Rep. Joe Crowley, the county’s Democratic Party boss, was ousted by progressive outsider Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. With nearly all of the district reporting, she led by about 15 percentage points. The race highlighted the growing strength of the left wing of the Democratic Party, which has been taking on establishment figures like Crowley all over the country this year. Republican voters on Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn had their own contentious primary, with incumbent Dan Donovan taking on Michael Grimm, who resigned the seat in 2014 after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Donovan won by 28 percentage points, despite trailing Grimm by 10 percentage points in a recent public poll. The race is considered emblematic of the internal struggles in the national Republican Party, with Donovan representing the moderate establishment and Grimm representing Trump and outsiders. The primary with the biggest impact on Albany is in western New York, where Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, a Rochester-area Democrat, is hoping to succeed the late Louise Slaughter. With almost 89 percent of the district reporting in the four-way Democratic primary, he was leading with almost 43 percent of the vote. Rachel Silberstein contributed. David.Lombardo@timesunion.com – 518.454.5427 – @poozer87″>http://ALBANY – Antonio Delgado emerged as the apparent winner late Tuesday in a crowded primary with seven Democrats vying to take on Republican Rep. John Faso, who is seeking a second term in November. In the North Country, Democrat Tedra Cobb cruised to a primary victory and will take on GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik in November. With more than 84 percent of election districts reporting, Delgado racked up nearly 22 percent of the vote in the crowded primary. He had 7,022 votes, Gareth Rhodes was second with 5,708 votes and Pat Ryan had 5,465 votes. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Faso, who lives in Kinderhook, is the freshman representative for the 19th Congressional District, which is an 11-county area that cradles that includes the counties of Columbia and Greene and parts of Montgomery and Rensselaer in the Capital Region. Delgado, an attorney who lives in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, offered voters a compelling life story and strong progressive bona fides, that helped attract the endorsement of Citizen Action. He raised $2.2 million, which set him apart from his peers and was more than Faso brought in during the same period. Trailing the three leaders were Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Brian Flynn and Erin Collier. The Democrats touted similar policy pledges on the campaign trail, but each carved out a niche for voters to choose from. Ulster County Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale said the candidates focused on gun control, expanding access to health care and protecting the environment, but all had leveled criticism on the incumbents. “There is a sense of urgency on behalf of Democrats who are afraid it’s now or never to unseat Faso,” he said. The sprawling, politically divided district includes affluent, left-leaning Hudson Valley towns and large swaths of rural farmland. Democratic voters narrowly outnumber Republicans, but 26 percent of voters aren’t enrolled in a party and Faso won by 25,000 votes in 2016. Cardinale contends that criticism of President Donald Trump, coupled with Faso’s record in office, will buoy the chances for a Democratic win in November. “I think the Hudson Valley is beginning to trend blue,” he said. “Ulster County has been blue and is getting bluer. … It’s a slower process up district.” Turnout was poised to hit 27 percent, nearly double the two-person Democratic primary in 2016 won by Zephyr Teachout. Cardinale said there was “no question” that the turnout was a good sign for Democrats in November. “When Democrats vote, Democrats win,” he said. “Our problem has always been getting the turnout.” Democrats have a steeper climb to unseat Stefanik, who enjoys a fundraising advantage and a steep GOP enrollment edge in the 21st Congressional District, which spans much of the Adirondacks and stretches south into the northern reaches of Saratoga County. Cobb racked up more than 56 percent of the vote in the five-way race with nearly all of the election districts reporting. Cobb, who served two terms in the St. Lawrence County Legislature, was the only Democrat in the race with government experience. She established herself as the front runner with her fundraising lead and large base of volunteers, which contributed to her campaign racking up the most signatures to qualify for the ballot. Making health care more accessible and affordable was a major issue for Cobb, who said Stefanik’s vote to repeal Obamacare in 2017 played a role in her decision to run. She also made health care the focus of her television advertisement, which highlighted her work helping uninsured New Yorkers access services and addressed her family’s struggle to afford care. Katie Wilson, a Keene business owner, and Dylan Ratigan, a former cable news host, were battling it out for a distant second place. Warren County Democratic Committee Chair Lynne Boechner said her party’s primary campaign revealed new levels of enthusiasm among Democratic voters in the district. She said there has been an emergence of activist groups and new voters appear interested in the race. Stefanik’s campaign issued a statement congratulating Cobb, whom they described as an “out of touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate.” Both districts had write-in primaries for the Women’s Equality Party. Wilson has the Working Families Party line for November, but previously said she will support the Democratic nominee. Around the state The big surprise happened in Queens, where Rep. Joe Crowley, the county’s Democratic Party boss, was ousted by progressive outsider Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. With nearly all of the district reporting, she led by about 15 percentage points. The race highlighted the growing strength of the left wing of the Democratic Party, which has been taking on establishment figures like Crowley all over the country this year. Republican voters on Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn had their own contentious primary, with incumbent Dan Donovan taking on Michael Grimm, who resigned the seat in 2014 after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Donovan won by 28 percentage points, despite trailing Grimm by 10 percentage points in a recent public poll. The race is considered emblematic of the internal struggles in the national Republican Party, with Donovan representing the moderate establishment and Grimm representing Trump and outsiders. The primary with the biggest impact on Albany is in western New York, where Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, a Rochester-area Democrat, is hoping to succeed the late Louise Slaughter. With almost 89 percent of the district reporting in the four-way Democratic primary, he was leading with almost 43 percent of the vote. Rachel Silberstein contributed. David.Lombardo@timesunion.com – 518.454.5427 – @poozer87

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