UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – In an unusual election year, New Yorkers went to the polls for their second primary of the 2022 election year. On top of that, voters were casting ballots in new voting districts and voting for many unknown candidates. One of those candidates was on the ballot in two races in two different districts on the same day.
In the newly reconfigured 22nd Congressional District, four Democrats and two Republicans contested for their party’s position in the November General Election. In the Democrat primary, Francis Conole holds a lead over Sarah Klee Hood by less than a thousand votes. Klee Hood carried both Oneida and Madison Counties, but Conole won Onondaga County by 2,300 votes. On the Republican side, Trump candidate Brandon Williams declared victory Tuesday night with a nearly 4,000 vote lead over Steve Wells.
Following the departure of Antonio Delgado from the House of Representatives, there was a Special Election to fill the vacancy in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Pat Ryan outpolled Marc Molinaro by just under 3,000 votes. It was a good night for Ryan, he not only was elected to Congress, but he also won the Democratic primary for the General election in the 18th District.
Josh Riley defeated Jamie Cheney in the 19th Congressional District Democrat primary. In the North Country, Matt Castelli will face Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik in the November race for the 21st Congressional District. Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, who currently represents New York’s 22nd District, won her three-way primary for the 24th District.
In the only non-congressional primary of local interest, incumbent Peter Oberacker edged newcomer Terry Bernardo by just over a thousand votes and will be on the Republican Ballot this November.