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New York District 19 Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, N.Y., fielding questions from a crowd in Amenia, New York, during his campaign.

Mission accomplished: Delgado ‘repeals and replaces’ Faso in NY19

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By Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 News 4

It’s settled. John Faso is a one-term congressman.

Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado’s insurgent campaign for New York’s 19th district, which borders Berkshire County, has propelled him into Congress. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press projected Delgado the victor over incumbent Republican John Faso by a margin of 50-47 percent.

The race was closely watched as one of several districts the Democrats were hoping to flip in order to regain control on the House of Representatives, which has been under Republican control since the 2010 midterm elections.

Congressman John Faso. 

By 11 p.m., most news outlets had projected that Democrats would retake the House but Republicans would retain control of the Senate — and indeed add a few seats to the GOP majority.

Berkshire County Democratic activists canvassed voters in Columbia County in an effort to help Delgado, who prevailedin a crowded primary. There are no Republican members of Congress in Vermont or Connecticut.  

So progressive activists in Berkshire County turned their sights westward to New York’s 19th Congressional District, known in the political vernacular as NY-19, which borders the county and is a true swing district that voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008 and 2012.

Faso was seen as supportive of the Trump agenda – he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, for example – and therefore vulnerable to defeat. In the words of Gareth Rhodes, one of Delgado’s opponents in the Democratic primary, “It’s time to repeal and replace John Faso.”

The sprawling NY-19 stretches from the Massachusetts border westward across the Catskill Mountains, northward almost to the Adirondacks and southward to the Putnam County border. It includes 163 municipalities and, geographically, it’s about the size of Connecticut, with which it shares a border on its southeastern edge of some 20 miles. 

Faso is a former state legislator and lobbyist.


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  1. nancy vale says:

    Thrilled that Delgado won and was able to overcome the hideous negative ads that were run non-stop in the Berkshires…not only negative but openly racist! It’s a good day!

  2. Susan traub says:

    Living in the Berkshires we are tortured with NY political ads with no idea who is running in Massachusetts. I am glad Delgado won as his ads were less offensive. We are on a trip and look forward to Political free tv when we home.

  3. Susan traub says:

    Living in the Berkshires we are tortured with NY political ads with no idea who is running in Massachusetts. I am glad Delgado won as his ads were less offensive. We are on a trip and look forward to Political free tv when we home.
    Not a duplicate statement!

  4. Columbia County Adjacent MA Ally. says:

    1/5 of my donations! And very excited for @AntonioDelgado. I was a neighboring state ally big time. Good for him and Good luck! Amazing when we support each other for good and not belittle each other for malice.

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