KINGSTON — Freshman Republican Rep. Chris Gibson has defeated Democrat challenger Julian Schreibman to represent a largely rural district in eastern New York.
The race for New York’s newly drawn 19th District was a top priority for both major parties and attracted heavy spending by outside groups. Both Democrats and Republicans have represented the area in recent years.
Gibson, 48, of Kinderhook, won the vote in Schoharie County according to unofficial tallies by 11 p.m. Tuesday night, but counts were slowly being reported in the remainder of the district including western Montgomery County, and Broome, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
The district includes roughly 717,708 people.
Schreibman, 40, of Stone Ridge, worked as a lawyer for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and as a senior district attorney in Ulster County before launching his bid for Congress.
Schreibman’s television advertisement campaign targeted senior citizens and women with promises to protect Medicare and women’s rights while leveling criticism against Gibson’s votes in line with Republican legislation that included funding cuts for Planned Parenthood and measures that would change the way Medicare is operated.
Gibson’s campaign worked to counter suggestions he would vote to harm the health program while highlighting his work to protect funding for rural broadband, garner financial support for rebuilding after tropical storms Irene and Lee, and protect programs for the agriculture industry.
Each candidate garnered a variety of endorsements throughout their campaign — both found support among various newspapers that offer endorsements for candidates.
A political newcomer, Schreibman drew the support of Democrats including President Barack Obama, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko and Maurice Hinchey.
Tonko, D-Amsterdam, brought Schreibman on a tour in Schoharie County and Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the political newcomer an endorsement.
Gibson reported endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the New York State Building and Construction Trades, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New York State United Teachers and the National Farmer’s Union.