Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi rode the blue wave to victory Tuesday night, helping Democrats edge closer to retaking control of the House of Representatives.
CNN and several other news outlets projected that the Democrats would take control of the House late Tuesday night.
Polls leading up to the election showed Delgado and Brindisi neck-and-neck with their freshman Republican incumbents John Faso, R-Kinderhook; and Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford. They were able to able to assert themselves just ahead, turning purple districts blue.
Brindisi, an assemblyman running on a platform of healthcare and education, was projected to be the winner of New York's 22nd congressional district by CBS and CNN. He held 49.54 percent of the vote with 117,779 votes, while Tenney had 48.94 percent of the vote and 116,357 votes.
Both districts surpassed voter turnout from the 2014 midterm, with more than 30,000 more voters.
The 19th Congressional District is considered a bellwether. Delgado won with 49.26 percent of the vote and 132,001 votes. Faso garnered 124,408 votes.
Delgado, a graduate of Colgate University, Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar, emerged from a seven-way Democratic primary. He picked up major endorsements along the way, including that of former President Barack Obama.
The race drew national attention after negative attack ads produced by Republican-leaning PACs criticized Delgado's former rap career.
When stepping up to the podium for his victory speech, Delgado first thanked Faso for his service. He said that Faso had called him shortly before he spoke. Delgado celebrated his win at the Garage at Radio Kingston.
Delgado spoke of the values of equality, justice and the American Dream.
"They are the values that allowed my parents to dream for a better future. No matter your class, your gender, religion, sexual orientation or race, you get a fair shake here,” Delgado said.
"I am a Democrat but that is not why I ran. I ran because I'm an American. I ran to serve everyone irrespective of party or the size of one's bank account. I am beholden to you,” Delgado said, then reaffirming his commitment to affordable health care and investing in renewable energies. “We must dream big.”
Whitney Bashaw, staff writer, can be reached at 607-441-7218 or email@example.com . Follow her on Twitter @DS_WhitneyB .