State senator wins swing-district House primary in central New York

State Sen. John W. Mannion won the Democratic primary in New York’s 22nd Congressional District in central New York on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Mannion defeated Sarah Klee Hood, an Air Force veteran and DeWitt city councilwoman. She drew on her experience as a working mother who sought abortion services to make her case to voters.

The district, currently held by Brandon Williams, a Republican, is widely considered one of the best pickup opportunities for Democrats in the country.

In 2022, Mr. Williams, who was a staunch defender of former President Donald J. Trump, was narrowly elected by just under a percentage point. Since then, the district’s boundaries have shifted in favor of Democrats, with the northern part of Herkimer County swapped for more of the Finger Lakes region. Cook Political Report calls the seat “leaning Democratic.”

A former public school teacher and union representative, Mr. Mannion was elected in 2020 to the state Legislature, where he leads the Senate Committee on Disabilities. His run for Congress was supported by the state teachers union and the AFL-CIO.

The race was tinged with last-minute accusations from Mr. Mannion’s former staffers who said he created a hostile workplace. Mr. Mannion has vehemently denied the claims, which are under investigation by the State Senate.

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