Republican John J. Faso will defeat Democrat Zephyr Teachout in New York’s 19th District, the Associated Press projects.
Faso led Teachout 52 percent to 48 percent with 68 percent of precincts reporting.
Faso will replace GOP Rep. Chris Gibson, who is retiring after three terms.
New York’s 19th District is located in central New York, and includes parts of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River Valley and farmland. Dairy farming is prominent in the district, so agriculture is a top industry, along with tourism and health care.
The district received national attention this year when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Teachout in the Democratic primary during his run for president. Teachout also benefited from strong name recognition due to a previous ill-fated primary bid against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014.
Republicans attacked her for moving to the district just to run for Congress.
Faso, the member-elect, is a former state legislator. He was elected to the New York Assembly in 1987, where he served for 16 years, becoming minority leader. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, losing to Democrat Eliot Spitzer. He then worked as a lobbyist in Albany, the state capital.
Faso says a top goal will be improving Medicaid. He also expects to focus on fiscal issues, veterans affairs, and farming.
He hopes to get a spot on the Ways and Means Committee, and is also interested in the Veterans’ Affairs and Agriculture committees.
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