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Democrats Pellegrino, Benjamin win NY legislative seats


A Democratic candidate for New York’s state Assembly dispatched her Republican opponent Tuesday night in a Long Island district that supported Republican President Donald Trump last fall.

Christine Pellegrino won 58 percent of the vote to defeat conservative Tom Gargiulo. Trump earned 60 percent of the vote in the district last November, making Pellegrino’s victory especially sweet for Democrats.

“It’s a district that’s strongly Republican and the fact that the Democrats picked up that seat says something,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.

Pellegrino, a teacher active in the anti-Common Core movement, was backed by the teachers’ union and had strong support from the Democratic and Working Families Party. She will replace former Republican Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, who’s now town supervisor in Oyster Bay.

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