U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, has won a second term in Congress, defeating military veteran Kyle Van De Water in a district stretching from the Catskills and Hudson Valley to rural counties near Albany.
On Election Night, Delagdo held a slim lead of about 7,250, but the congressman's lead expanded to more than 30,000 votes, his campaign reported, and is expected to continue to grow in the coming week.
Delgado, 43, was one of a small number of Democrats nationwide representing a congressional district that favored Trump in the 2016 election.
Delgado, generally considered a moderate, prevailed over the 40-year-old Van De Water, a Poughkeepsie lawyer.
"With the race now officially called, I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to once again serve every community in NY-19 and thank Mr. Van De Water for his concession call and his spirited campaign focused on the issues," Delgado said in a media release. "The work continues, as I have already met this month with all four of my bipartisan, locally based advisory committees focusing on small businesses, health care, agriculture, and our veterans as well as launched a district-wide priorities survey to hear from everyone all across NY-19 about what they're most interested in seeing Congress take on as we move forward."
Voters are awaiting results in several House races in upstate New York, including a rematch between U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, and former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney.
On Election Day, Tenney had a wide lead, but it narrowed as election workers counted more absentee ballots in recent days.