After Long Wait, Democrat Brindisi Flips New York House Seat
Democrat Anthony Brindisi has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in a congressional race in upstate New York settled more than three weeks after Election Day.
The race was too close to call Nov. 6, prompting a long wait as local election officials tallied absentee ballots.
Brindisi's victory in a district of dairy farms and former manufacturing towns came after an acrimonious contest with Tenney, who was seeking a second term.
Democrats complained when Tenney's staff sent out a memo claiming the family of her Italian-American opponent had mafia ties.
A strong supporter of gun ownership rights, Tenney also took criticism for saying in an interview that many people behind mass murders are Democrats.
Brindisi is a 39-year-old lawyer and state assemblyman who campaigned on calls for civility.
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