Rural Republican counties made the difference in both New York state’s congressional district races on Tuesday.
In the special election, Joe Sempolinski defeated Max Della Pia to win a four-month seat to fill the remaining term of Tom Reed, who resigned in May. Additionally, Nick Langworthy won the highly publicized November Republican primary contest by defeating controversial candidate Carl Paladino.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to be chosen by my friends and neighbors to speak on their behalf on the floor of the United States House of Representatives” Sempolinski said. “I intend to spend my time in Congress fighting for the people who have given me their all in my life. I will work to make sure the voice of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes is heard for the rest of this term in Congress. One of the main things that makes our nation great is that we are governed by representatives chosen by and from the people. To be chosen as one of those representatives, even for a few months, is a sacred duty.
Della Pia remains the approved Democratic candidate for the November election. He will face Langworthy, whose victory was bolstered by the Southern Tier as Paladino won Erie County.
Paladino, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2010, has a long history of inflammatory and offensive remarks, including recent comments praising Adolf Hitler and circulating conspiracy theories surrounding the shootings of mass.
The heated primary came as Langworthy and Paladino sought to replace GOP Representative Chris Jacobs, who decided not to seek re-election after facing a backlash from his own party for expressing support for a ban on assault weapons following a racist mass shooting in his hometown of Buffalo in May. .
Sempolinski expressed his thanks to everyone who voted in the elections, volunteered for the campaign and supported him through this process, especially his family. He will be sworn in as soon as possible to be the congressman for New York’s 23rd congressional district.
“I’m looking forward to getting started and making sure voter services are back and running” Sempolinski added. “We do not have time to lose.”