ALBANY — Democratic candidates in New York’s 19th, 20th and 21st congressional races have expanded their vote share on the strength of their performance in absentee ballots counted since Election Day.
The incumbents in each of the local races were reelected — U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko and Antonio Delgado, both Democrats, as well as Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of Schuylerville. On election night, Tonko ran far ahead of his challenger, Liz Joy, and Stefanik ahead of Tedra Cobb, while Delgado’s lead was less than 10,000 votes.
Tonko, who represents Albany, has increased his lead by about 25,000 additional votes since election night, to about 43,000, according to numbers compiled by the Associated Press. Stefanik’s lead has narrowed from 74,000 votes to a 65,000-vote margin. And Delgado’s lead — 18,000 votes — also is up in his race against Republican Kyle Van De Water.
Delgado’s win this year outstrips his narrow victory in 2018 over then-incumbent Rep. John Faso by a few thousand votes