New York’s 22nd congressional district primaries yielded unexpected results, according to a Syracuse University political science professor. Chris Faricy of the Maxwell School says the biggest upset came in the Republican race, where Brandon Williams emerged victorious over party-endorsed Steve Wells.
“When Republican elites support a candidate in a primary, sometimes it not only doesn’t matter to Republican voters, it can actually be negative,” he added. said Faricy.
As for the Democratic primary results, Faricy says Francis Conole’s margin of victory was thinner than expected. Sarah Klee Hood finished just three points behind him
“I think the fact that abortion is front and center and the Democratic primaries here and across the country and her strong support for this issue helped her come in second place,” he said. -she adds. said Faricy.
Neither Conole nor Williams have held public office before. Faricy says that makes November’s general election a race to see who can frame their opponent better.
“Will Conole be able to portray Williams as someone who’s an outsider and someone who’s an extremist, just who’s on the extremist ends of the Republican Party? That’s going to be his mission, his goal. For the Williams side, the idea is can he tie Conole to Biden and some of the economic conditions right now like inflation?” said Faricy.
Faricy says the results of those primaries don’t cement New York’s 22nd District for either party. He expects it to be a draw in November.
“That, really, the candidates are at the mercy of these macro forces in American politics that have seeped down to the local level, right, so what will the national mood be in November?” said Faricy.