Tenney thanks supporters, declares victory in redrawn 24th Congressional District
Claudia Tenney was elected to represent a sprawling 24th Congressional District, which includes 12 counties including about half of Orleans.
The district runs from part of Niagara County, through the GLOW counties, the Finger Lakes region and up into Watertown.
Tenney has a 2-to-1 lead over Steven Holden, a Democrat.
“I sincerely thank the voters of New York’s 24th Congressional District who have put their faith and trust in me,” Tenney said in a statement Tuesday night. “I also thank my opponent for running a spirited race. I am so honored that our campaign was a grassroots movement driven by volunteers from across the 24th District. Republicans, Democrats, and independents from the North Country and Central New York to the Finger Lakes and Western New York all came together to change the direction of country and restore principled leadership to Washington. I will not let them down as I continue my fight to support our small businesses, family farms, and seniors. I will always be a tenacious and compassionate advocate for our region in Congress.”
Tenney currently represents the 22nd District in Congress. The former Utica resident has moved to Canandaigua to be in the new district.
The Orleans portion of the district includes the towns of Albion, Barre, Clarendon districts 2 and 3, Ridgeway and Shelby. Tenney received 4,965 votes in Orleans, compared to 1,616 for Holden.
“Now that we have delivered on the promise of a Red Wave, it is time to deliver on our commitment to America,” Tenney said. “This includes an economy that is strong, a nation that is safe, a future that is built on freedom, and a government that is accountable to the people. I am excited to be joined by so many new talented Republican candidates who are on track to be elected tonight in New York and around the country. Alongside this bold group of strong and principled leaders, in January, we are going to fire Nancy Pelosi and immediately start holding Joe Biden accountable and restoring opportunity, prosperity, and safety to our communities.”