Antonio Delgado (D), an Afro-American lawyer with Puerto Rican roots, assured his second term as a national congressman, after beating his challenger, military veteran Kyle Van De Water (R), in New York’s 19th District, which stretches from the Catskills and Hudson Valley to rural counties near Albany, the state capital.
His party partner Thomas Suozzi (D) will also continue as Representative in Washington DC, after defeating the young George Santos (R) on the wealthy north coast of Long Island (NY-3).
Both Democrats prevailed in close contests on November 3, but absentee ballots tipped the balance in their favor the days after. Associated Press declared them winners yesterday.
Delgado (43) was one of the few Democrats nationwide who represented a congressional district that favored Trump in the 2016 election.
Santos had enjoyed a narrow lead early in the count, but Suozzi closed the gap and then took the lead by 6 percentage points when absentee ballots were counted.
Democrats will maintain a majority in New York and in the Lower House, securing 220 seats versus 207 for the Republican Party. But two weeks after the elections, There are still 11 seats to be defined at the national level, the majority in NY (4), corresponding to Districts 1, 2, 22 and 24, where Republican candidates lead, reported Syracuse.com
In New York, part of the delay is because each of its 62 counties decides when it is time to begin counting absentee votes. For example, Wayne County, which is part of District NY-24, did not even start until Monday, November 16.
Although the state does not have a regulated start date for counting absentee votes, according to the regional Electoral Board each county must report its election results by November 28.