New York state elections officials certified Republican Claudia Tenney’s razor-thin victory over U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, more than three months after Election Day
The certification came after a state judge ruled that Tenney won the race for central New York’s 22nd Congressional District by 109 votes in the nation’s last undecided congressional race. Judge Scott DelConte’s decision Friday effectively cleared the way for Tenney to be sworn in, barring emergency intervention by a state appeals court.
DelConte directed New York to certify results immediately. Commissioners with the state Board of Elections approved the results Monday in less than two minutes.
Tenney had been the district’s representative for one term, until she was defeated by Brindisi, a Democrat, in 2018.
“Claudia looks forward to serving her constituents once again as their duly-elected representative in Congress,” campaign spokesperson Nick Stewart said in a prepared statement.
There was no immediate comment from the Brindisi campaign.
DelConte rejected an argument by Brindisi’s lawyers that certification of the election results should be delayed until an appeals court had a chance to review the case. The judge said that even if the results end up changing after any litigation, New York could simply amend its certification.
The judge said only the U.S. House can order a new election or recount at this point. DelConte said Brindisi can still challenge the election in the House and potentially unseat Tenney.
Democrats control the U.S. House with 221 seats, while Republicans have 211 seats.