BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Hours after republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney declared victory in the New York 22nd Congressional District primary, her opponent conceded the race.
George Phillips, who fell behind Tenney by 8,700 votes on Tuesday, issued a statement despite the large number of absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.
In the statement, Phillips said, "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."
With a Tenney victory, the former member of the New York State Assembly will try to retake the New York 22nd Congressional District that she held before Anthony Brindisi unseated her.
In 2018, Brindisi narrowly defeated Tenney with nearly 51% of the total vote.
The General Election will be held on November 3, 2020.