Close-up on Central New York's congressional battlegrounds

Eric Trump, right, speaks to the press at a rally held for U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney at her campaign headquarters in 2018.
Eric Trump, right, speaks to the press at a rally held for U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney at her campaign headquarters in 2018.
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Eric Trump, right, speaks to the press at a rally held for U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney at her campaign headquarters in 2018.

Close-up on Central New York's congressional battlegrounds

A review of the 2018 election results in three congressional districts in Central New York.
April 15, 2019

Among the most contentious battlegrounds of the 2018 elections in New York were three congressional districts in Central New York. All three – the 19th, 22nd and 24th congressional districts – were among Democrats’ top targets as part of an effort to take back the U.S. House of Representatives. While the districts resemble each other demographically, the results were not the same on election night.

In the 19th Congressional District, Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado defeated incumbent Rep. John Faso. In the 22nd, Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi ousted conservative firebrand Rep. Claudia Tenney. But in the 24th, Republican Rep. John Katko fended off a spirited challenge from Democrat Dana Balter.

DISTRICT 19

Antonio Delgado: 51.4%

John Faso (incumbent): 46.2%

Population:700,975

Registered Democrats: 162,881

Registered Republicans: 149,020

Percentage of population identifying as white: 83.8%

2016 presidential race: Trump +6.8

Median household income: $61,662

Population 25 years with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 29.6%

Persons below poverty line: 12.4%

DISTRICT 22

Anthony Brindisi 50.9%

Claudia Tenney (incumbent) 49.1%

Population: 696,819

Registered Democrats: 141,504

Registered Republicans: 168,691

Percentage of population identifying as white: 87.3%

2016 presidential race: Trump +15.5

Median household income: $52,212

Population 25 years with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.4%

Persons below poverty line: 14.8%

DISTRICT 24

John Katko (incumbent) 52.6%

Dana Balter 47.4%

Population: 707,889

Registered Democrats: 164,893

Registered Republicans: 148,883

Percentage of population identifying as white: 81.3%

2016 presidential race: Clinton +3.6

Median household income: $55,721

Population 25 years with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 30.9%

Persons below poverty line: 14.3%

Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at City & State and its sister publication, New York Nonprofit Media.
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