With 89 percent of the vote, Espaillat successfully beat out Republican opponent Tony Evans, who only took home 11, 111 votes compared to Espaillat’s 147,591 according to NBC.
I am deeply grateful to the people of the 13th Congressional District for electing me to serve as their next Congressman. pic.twitter.com/tVglHOESvM
— Adriano Espaillat (@EspaillatNY) November 9, 2016
After 20 years of service in the New York State Legislature, the 62-year-old politician has even more reason to celebrate as the first formerly undocumented immigrant to win a seat in the House of Representatives.
“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” he predicted at the Democratic National Convention in July. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that, Donald Trump!”
“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” Espaillat introduced himself to applause. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that Donald Trump!” Via @observer @adrianoespaillat @thedemocrats @hillaryclinton – Hit up www.UptownCollective.com or click link in bio to check it out… #DNC #DemocraticNationalConvention #WashingtonHeights #Inwood #Harlem #NYC #SpreadLoveItsTheUptownWay
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Indeed. Congratulations to Espaillat on his historic win!