Special Election Highlights the Power of Reproductive Rights
On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, New York’s 19th Congressional District held a special election to pick a replacement for Antonio Delgado, who gave up his seat to become Lieutenant Governor. Pat Ryan, a Democrat who emphasized reproductive rights in his campaign, beat Marc Molinaro, a Republican who opposes a federal law protecting abortion rights. Molinaro ran for governor in 2018, so he has significant name recognition, and the district is a true swing district, having gone Obama/Trump/Biden in the last three presidential elections. So Ryan’s win shows that abortion rights can be a powerful force this year.