Marc Molinaro concedes to Pat Ryan in 19th Congressional District special election
Republican Marc Molinaro has conceded to Democrat Pat Ryan in the special election for the 19th Congressional District.
The special election was to fill the vacancy left behind by Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, who resigned from the House in May.
Ryan will fill out the next four months in the 19th Congressional District but then will be running for the newly drawn 18th Congressional District in November against Republican state Assemblyman Colin Schmitt.
He will be sworn into the House before the next session starts on Sept. 13.
Ryan says the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v.Wade energized his base, signaling abortion rights could propel Democrats to a better finish this November.
Neither candidate is safe just yet.
Both are turning their focus to separate congressional races this November.
Despite the loss, Molinaro is the Republican nominee for the new 19th Congressional District this fall.
He will face Democrat Josh Riley, a Broome County native and Sen. Al Franken's former general counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.Riley defeated Jamie Cheney in aDemocratic primary.
Political experts have both the 18th and 19th seats slightly in favor of Republicans, but they also expected Republicans to do better in the special election.