Dems pick Delgado to face Faso

HUDSON–Election night returns district-wide show Antonio Delgado has won the Democratic primary in the 19th Congressional District. The results were reported by the Times Union late Tuesday evening.

Mr. Delgado, a lawyer who lives in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, will be the party’s candidate in the race against incumbent Republican Congressman John Faso, a Kinderhook resident, on the November ballot.

In primary results from Columbia County Mr. Delgado had the second highest number of votes  among the seven candidates seeking the nomination. The leader here was Ulster County resident Gareth Rhodes. Pat Ryan received the third highest vote tally followed by Bryan Flynn.

The other candidates were Jeff Beals, Dave Clegg and Erin Collier.

The 19th District covers all or parts of 11 counties in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

The Times Union’s David Lombardo reported that as of 11:38 p.m. Tuesday, with more than 84% of election districts reporting, Mr. Delgado had racked up nearly 22% percent of the vote in the seven-person primary district-wide. He had 7,022 votes, Mr. Rhodes was second with 5,708 votes and Pat Ryan had 5,465 votes.

Mr. Delgado raised $2.2 million, more than any of the other candidates in the race and more than Faso brought in during the same period.

Democratic voters narrowly outnumber Republicans in the district, but 26% of voters aren’t enrolled in a party and Mr. Faso defeated Democrat Zephyr Teachout by 25,000 votes in 2016.

Turnout for this week’s crowded Democratic primary was poised to hit 27%, nearly double the two-person Democratic primary in 2016 won by Ms. Teachout.

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