Tri-state Democrats claw back GOP seats

Tri-state Democrats claw back GOP seats

By Luke Vargas   
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Antonio Delgado addresses supporters after defeating John Faso to win New York's 19th congressional district. November 6, 2018. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN
Antonio Delgado addresses supporters after defeating John Faso to win New York's 19th congressional district. November 6, 2018. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN

In Suburban New Jersey, Staten Island and New York’s Hudson Valley, Democrats flipped a number of Republican seats to help propel a House takeover in D.C.

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Democrats across Metro New York notched a slate of key congressional upsets on Tuesday, picking up Republican House seats in Staten Island and suburban New Jersey and holding off a Senate challenge to Bob Mendendez.

Completing a blue takeover of New York City’s five boroughs, Max Rose flipped Staten Island to Democrat control after the island tipped to Donald Trump in 2016. Republicans had previously controlled Staten Island’s 11th congressional since 2013.

Slightly further afield in New York’s Hudson Valley, Democrat Antonio Delgado bested Republican incumbent Tom Faso to win the state’s 19th congressional campaign. That victory capped a campaign that saw the Harvard-educated lawyer and Rhodes scholar attacked in PAC ads for the content of lyrics used in a short-lived rap career.

“This is a new day,” Delgado told supporters in Kingston.

Pledging to represent “the next generation” of Americans, Delgado signaled some of the issues New Democratic faces may usher into Congress, highlighting universal health care and climate change action as key legislative priorities.

In neighboring New Jersey, Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, flipped another traditionally Republican district, defeating Republican Jay Webber who attempted to keep the district in GOP hands after the retirement of 24-year incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Miles away in another suburban House district, Democrat Tom Malinowski, a former State Department human rights official under President Obama, defeated Republican Leonard Lance, a long-time state legislator and member of the U.S. Congress since 2008.

Lance fought hard to retain his seat in the traditionally democratic Garden State, casting one of just 12 Republican votes against last year’s GOP tax bill and emphasizing his bipartisan credentials in campaign ads in the closing months of the election.

"Let’s turn his putting green blue today!" Tom Malinowski tweeted on election morning, showing one of his campaign signs in front of Presient Trump's Bedminster, N.J. golf course. Courtesy: Tom Malinowski for Congress.
“Let’s turn his putting green blue today!” Tom Malinowski tweeted on election morning, showing one of his campaign signs in front of Presient Trump’s Bedminster, N.J. golf course. Courtesy: Tom Malinowski for Congress.

New Jersey’s most prominent Democratic incumbent, Sen. Bob Menendez, withstood a well-funded challenge from Republican challenger Bob Hugin to win a third term in office,

Hugin spent upwards of $30 million of his personal fortune in a relentless stream of campaign ads highlighting Menendez’ formal rebuke by Senate ethics investigators for improperly receiving gifts, but ultimately failed to overcome Menendez’ strong support in New York City commuter towns and around the state capital Trenton.

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