Delgado defends seat against challenge from Dutchess County attorney

Delgado defends seat against challenge from Dutchess County attorney

New York’s 19th Congressional District stretches from Poughkeepsie clear up to Oneonta, including swaths of the territories once represented by Maurice Hinchey and Kirsten Gillibrand (when she was in the House). In its current configuration is, it is one of the few congressional districts in the nation that hasn’t been gerrymandered enough to ensure victory to one of the two major political parties. First-term representative Antonio Delgado, a Democrat, won a narrow victory against John Faso as part of the blue wave in 2018 The district went for Donald Trump by six points in 2016. This November, Delgado faces Republican Kyle Van de Water as a challenger, along with third-party candidates Steve Greenfield (Green) and Victoria Alexander (Libertarian). Delgado, who has accumulated a large election war chest, is exceptionally well funded. Van de Water, who won a primary struggle for the nomination largely because of GOP organizational support, has less money. The fate of his campaign may well depend on whether his race gets strong financial support from national sources deciding to put their money where they think it will do the most good. There are a lot of supplicants for that support. Delgado won his close race against incumbent John Faso in 2018 on the basis of his pluralities at the eastern end of the sprawling district, particularly in Ulster County. He lost every county in the western part. By emphasizing his record of frequent town-hall meetings and strong constituent service, he hopes to improve on his election […]

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