U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado declared victory Wednesday in the race for the 19th Congressional District.

Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, led Kyle Van De Water, R-Millbrook, in early and same day balloting, 141,751 to 134,503. The results are unofficial until absentee ballots are counted next week. Locally, the district includes Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties.

“The people of New York’s 19th Congressional District have made their voices heard and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve again,” Delgado said in a media release. “With all election districts reporting, I am leading by over 7,000 votes and the data shows that our margin of victory will grow once absentee ballots are accounted for.”

With about 60,000 absentee ballots left to be counted across the district, the majority (51.22%) were cast by registered Democrats, versus a minority (22.20%) cast by registered Republicans, the release said.

There were 2,027 write-in votes in the election, likely reflecting an organized effort on behalf of Ola Hawatmeh, a Republican who lost in a primary race against Van De Water. 

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