1 A.M. UPDATE:
UTICA, N.Y. (WBNG/AP) — A closely-watched Congressional battle in central New York is too close to call.
Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney and Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi each had nearly half of the vote early Wednesday with some ballots yet to be counted.
“We’d like to thank the voters of this district, our supporters and volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout this campaign,” Claudia For Congress Campaign Manager Raychel Renna said in a statement.”With over ten thousand absentee ballots left to count, this race is still too close to call. Over the next few days and weeks our team with participate in the re-canvass process and review the absentee ballots.
Brindisi told 12 News every vote should be counted and that he is confident. CBS News projected Brindisi as the winner Tuesday night.
Tenney was an early supporter of President Donald Trump and her rhetoric bothered some moderates within her own party. But her policies remained popular in a district strongly backed Trump in 2016.
A strong supporter of gun ownership rights, Tenney took criticism for saying in an interview that many people behind mass murders are Democrats.
Tenney also circulated a petition calling for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment.
Brindisi, a state assemblyman, had campaigned on the need for bipartisanship in Washington. The district includes dairy farms and former manufacturing towns like Binghamton and Utica.
UTICA, N.Y. (WBNG/CBS News) – CBS News is projecting Anthony Brindisi (D) as the winner of the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R).
Brindisi has a 52 percent to 48 percent advantage with 87 percent of precincts reporting.
Tenney was elected to Congress in 2016, following the retirement of Richard Hanna. She beat out Kim Meyers and Martin Babinec.
A firm supporter of President Trump, several high profile figures like Vice President Mike Pence, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and even President Trump himself stumped for Tenney leading up to the election.
Brindisi was elected to represent the New York State 119th Assembly District in 2011. He also previously was on the Utica School Board and was an attorney.
Former Representative Hanna endorsed Brindisi during this election.
New York’s 22nd Congressional district includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida Counties. It also includes parts of Broome, Tioga, Herkimer, and Oswego Counties.