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Brandon Williams wins Republican primary in fight for New York’s new 22nd District

Brandon Williams won the Republican nomination for New York’s newly redrawn 22nd Congressional District, setting the stage for the general election after the primaries were delayed due to redistricting legal battles.

The race garnered national attention after the contest became an open seat, thanks to Rep. John Katko (R-NY) announcing his retirement from his 24th District seat and Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), who represents the current 22nd District, seeking a bid to replace Katko in the more reliably Republican district.

Williams set himself apart from challenger Steve Wells by positioning himself as a political outsider. The Navy veteran spent much of his campaign criticizing Washington politicians and rising inflation nationwide.

“Reckless government spending is causing historic inflation, and that is destroying our middle class,” he said at a candidate forum in August.

New York’s congressional primaries were thrown into uncertainty after a judge in May ordered a delay of the election due to redistricting battles. Democrats sought to hold the primary in June and use their proposed congressional map that would’ve helped the party pick up three additional seats in the House, prompting outcry from Republicans.


The New York Court of Appeals ruled on April 27 that the proposed congressional map, as well as the state Senate map, violated anti-gerrymandering laws and had to be redrawn before the state could hold its primary elections. The state released its final map drawn by a special master in late May, obliterating Democratic gains and positioning several incumbents on a collision course with each other.

Williams will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the November election.

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