Early election results showed the two major party front runners in the 19th Congressional District race coasting to primary victories on Tuesday night with comfortable margins separating them and their opponents.
Early and unofficial results showed Democrat Zephyr Teachout taking 75.5 percent of the 12,879 votes cast in the primary with 317 out of 509 precincts reporting. Her opponent, Will Yandik, took 24.3 percent with 3,130 votes.
On the Republican side, former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso beat rival Andrew Heaney with 65.3 percent of the 11,131 votes cast, with 371 of 509 precincts reporting. Heaney took 33.8 percent with 3,130 votes.
They will now face each other in the November general election to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Chris Gibson.
The 19th district comprises all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery, and Rensselaer counties.
In Schoharie County, with all precincts reporting, Teachout outpolled Yandik 379-103 and Faso beat Heaney 636-110. With six of nine Montgomery County precincts reporting, Teachout led 51-25 and Faso led 145-37.
All of Schoharie County and part of Montgomery County are including in the 19th District.
Neither Teachout nor Faso could be reached for comment Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, a Faso spokesperson said he would be giving remarks at American Glory in Hudson.
“I think we’re positive; we feel good,” Faso campaign spokesman Jerry McKinstry said Tuesday afternoon. “He’s been campaigning for the last nine months, he’s lived in district for 33 years, raised kids there, has a law firm there, so he has good name recognition in the district and a good record.”
The Teachout campaign could not be reached for comment.
A Siena poll released Monday showed both Teachout and Faso had extended their leads over their respective opponents between June 7 and 27. According to the poll, Teachout stretched her lead by nine points to 62 percent over Yandik’s 23 percent. The June 7 poll showed Teachout with 53 percent to Yandik’s 23 percent.
Faso meanwhile showed a 50 percent to 28 percent lead over Heaney on June 7, while the poll released Monday showed him with a 58 percent to 28 percent lead.
Melvin Leroy at the Esperance firehouse in Schoharie County said he was voting Faso because he has “always been good and has done so much for the community already.”
His wife, Susan Leroy, agreed.
“He stands for what we believe in,” she said.
The Leroys look at Faso as a champion of the middle class and farmers.
“He’s always been for our farmers and has always been for our tax base,” said Melvin Leroy.
Valerie Hastings said she was voting Teachout because she’s read extensively about her stance on several issues, particularly campaign finance reform.
“In [all] honesty, I can’t say I know a lot about [Yandik],” said Hastings. “But I do know I really like [Teachout].”