New York’s congressional Democrats unite behind Clinton

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Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/ Mark Almond)
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Democrats in New York's congressional delegation are now united behind Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

Rep. Paul Tonko will endorse Clinton this week, according to a spokesman for the congressman. With Tonko's endorsement, Clinton has secured support from all 18 Democrats who represent New York in the House and both of the state's U.S. senators.

Clinton worked with most of the delegation when she was the junior senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. One of the few exceptions, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries — an early supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008 — announced his endorsement at a press conference last week with Reps. Greg Meeks and Yvette Clarke at City Hall.

Most of New York's elected leadership has rallied behind Clinton and are actively campaigning for her. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attended the debate in Las Vegas last week as surrogates for Clinton, and Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been outspoken supporters.

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The one conspicuous exception is Mayor Bill de Blasio, who managed Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, but has said he wants to hear more about her plans before offering his endorsement. De Blasio has invited presidential candidates to a forum in Iowa in December that will be focused on income inequality.

New York's congressional Republicans have yet to rally around a candidate in their party's crowded field. Only two Republicans have endorsed so far: Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins have both endorsed Jeb Bush.

DistrictRepresentativeParty2016 Presidential Endorsement
US SenateCharles SchumerDemocratHillary Clinton
US SenateKirsten GillibrandDemocratHillary Clinton
1Lee ZeldinRepublicanNo endorsement
2Peter KingRepublicanNo endorsement
3Steve IsraelDemocratHillary Clinton
4Kathleen RiceDemocratHillary Clinton
5Gregory MeeksDemocratHillary Clinton
6Grace MengDemocratHillary Clinton
7Nydia VelazquezDemocratHillary Clinton
8Hakeem JeffriesDemocratHillary Clinton
9Yvette ClarkDemocratHillary Clinton
10Jerold NadlerDemocratHillary Clinton
11Dan DonovanRepublicanNo endorsement
12Carolyn MaloneyDemocratHillary Clinton
13Charles RangelDemocratHillary Clinton
14Joe CrowleyDemocratHillary Clinton
15Jose SerranoDemocratHillary Clinton
16Eliot EngelDemocratHillary Clinton
17Nita LoweyDemocratHillary Clinton
18Sean Patrick MaloneyDemocratHillary Clinton
19Chris GibsonRepublicanDid not respond
20Paul TonkoDemocratHillary Clinton
21Elise StefanikRepublicanNo endorsement
22Richard HannaRepublicanNo endorsement
23Tom ReedRepublicanJeb Bush
24John KatkoRepublicanNo endorsement
25Louise SlaughterDemocratHillary Clinton
26Brian HigginsDemocratHillary Clinton
27Chris CollinsRepublicanJeb Bush