Hanna Claims Primary Win Over Tea Party Challenger Tenney
Two-term Republican Congressman Richard Hanna has staved off a primary challenge from Tea party candidate State Assembly Woman Claudia Tenney. Hanna will now be the only name on the November ballot to represent the 22nd Congressional District which includes all of Cortland County.
Hanna won with 15,135 votes (53 percent) to 13,503 (47 percent) for Tenney.
Hanna is rated as a moderate in Congress and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and most of the county committees in the district.
His opponent, State Assembly Woman and lawyer Claudia Tenney positioned herself as "more of a constitutional conservative" than Hanna and said she was hoping for an upset like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat by tea party-backed challenger Dave Brat this month in Virginia.
Tenney got national attention late in the campaign with support from conservative commentators, including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin.
She was also endorsed by the state Conservative Party based on her votes in the Legislature, including opposition to the gun control law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
As expected voter turn out yesterday was low, here in Cortland County Hanna received 858 with Tenney receiving 592. Tenney beat Hanna in Broome County, both candidates did well in their home County of Oneida. The 22nd Congressional District covers all or part of 8 counties here in Central New York.