Tonko holds huge lead in NY 20th congressional race

Liz Joy and Paul Tonko Liz Joy and Paul Tonko | Photo: File.

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 04, 2020 02:49 PM
Created: November 03, 2020 06:26 PM

Paul Tonko appears to be heading back to Washington to represent New York's 20th congressional district. The Democrat has a 13-point lead over Republican challenger Liz Joy.

With 161,742 votes so far, Tonko is winning 56% to 43%. That's with 99% of the precincts reporting.

Any absentee ballots that were postmarked by midnight on election night will be part of the official count.

Tonko is currently serving his sixth-term in Congress. In his previous four elections, he has never garnered less than 61% of the vote.

New York's 20th backed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. Before that, the district supported Barack Obama twice by large margins.

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