Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District

Ryan Delaney
June 25, 2014

Republican Richard Hanna has successfully held off a challenge from the political right for his seat in Congress.

With no Democrat stepping up to take on Hanna, his win in the primary all but secures his return for a third term in Congress.

He held off Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who had Tea Party support. Nearly twice as many people voted in this primary than the one two years ago, but Hanna secured about 53 percent of the vote.

He says he’s where he wants to be after the campaign. And he says Congress should be more tolerant.

“I was raised in a world where ordinary people could do exception things, unusual things, wonderful things. I want to live in a world where ordinary people can do extraordinary things again.”

Tenney argued Hanna wasn’t conservative enough. The race attracted national attention and outside funding in its final weeks.

The 22nd District wraps around Syracuse to the east from Oswego County to the Southern Tier and includes the cities of Utica and Binghamton.