New York State’s Congressional primaries were held on June 28. Below is an overview of the highest profile Upstate races that were contested.
- Congressional District 19 – Parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills
Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout easily won this race, defeating Will Yandik 73% – 27%.
With moderate Republican Chris Gibson not running re-election, Democrats are hoping to pick up this seat, which President Obama won twice.
- Congressional District 22 – Binghamton and the Mohawk Valley
In the Republican primary, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney bested two opponents with 41.3% of the vote. She will face Democrat Kim Myers in November. Also running in November will be businessman Martin Babinec, who has secured the Reform Party ballot line and who trying to gather signatures to qualify the Upstate Jobs Party.
- Congressional District 24 – Syracuse and Central New York
This seat, which President Obama won by a double digit margin in 2012, is considered one of the Democrats’ best opportunities to pick up a seat.