Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney are set for a rematch in New York's 22nd Congressional District

  • Former assemblywoman Claudia Tenney lost her bid for reelection in 2018 to now-incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi.
  • President Donald Trump gave his endorsement to Tenney in February.
  • New York's 22nd Congressional District was the most Trump-supporting district to flip seats in the 2018 midterm election.
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Rep. Anthony Brindisi and former assemblywoman Claudia Tenney face off once again in New York's 22nd Congressional District after Brindisi unseated Tenney in 2018.

Brindisi defeated Tenney in 2018 by less than two percent as the Democrats regained control of the House by flipping 40 seats. Outside Republican groups are spending large amounts on this race in an attempt to control the House once again and narrow the difference in representatives between the two major parties.

The candidates

In 2018, Tenney aligned her campaign with President Trump and received an endorsement in February from the president. Additionally, Tenney has received support from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and House Minority Chair Kevin McCarthy in her attempt at regaining the House seat.

Brindisi, the incumbent, narrowly defeated Tenney in 2018 making New York's 22nd District the largest Trump-favoring district to flip in the midterm election.

Before each candidate's time in the House of Representatives, the two spent time together working in New York's State Assembly. The two consider themselves as friends, and first met when the two acted as lawyers in their upstate New York district.

The district

New York's 22nd Congressional District lies in the center of the state and includes 8 counties: Madison, Cortland, Oneida and Chenango and portions of Herkimer, Tioga, Oswego and Broome counties. The rural district is home to several universities including Colgate University, Binghamton University, Hamilton College, and Utica College.

The district, which President Donald Trump won in 2018 by 15 points, is one of 30 House districts which Trump won but is represented in office by a Democrat.

The money race

With $3.6 million raised, Rep. Brindisi has brought in four times the donations than his opponent, Tenney with approximately $960,000 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

While she has less money on hand, Tenney is expected to receive $5.5 million in television ads stemming from from two groups: the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional leadership fund according to reporting from Syracuse.com. 

Heavy spending from independent political groups is not a first for New York's 22nd Congressional District as the 2018 election between Tenney and Brindisi received about $16 million from groups outside of the district in upstate New York.

What experts say

The race between Brindisi and Tenney is rated as a tossup by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, lean Democrat by Inside Elections and a toss up by the Cook Political Report.

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