President Donald Trump endorsed Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney on Wednesday in the race for the 22nd District.
The announcement of support came via the president's Twitter feed.
"Claudia Tenney is a fantastic candidate running in New York, where she was a Great member of Congress," the president tweeted. "She is Strong on Crime, Borders, Cutting Taxes, your #2A, and she Loves our Military and Vets. Claudia has my Complete and Total Endorsement."
Tenney, who faces a multi-candidate primary in June, is running for the seat she lost in 2018 to Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi. Former Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell was the first to jump into the Republican race but dropped out a few weeks ago to run for a judgeship position instead. George Phillips and Frank Sager remain in the running against Tenney.
The district stretches from the Mohawk Valley region to the Southern Tier and is considered one of the top battleground seats in the state this fall.
Trump and his family had campaigned heavily for Tenney two years ago, with the president traveling to Utica for a fundraiser that summer. Tenney was a staunch supporter of the president during her term in the House.
“I am humbled and honored to have the support of President Trump,” Tenney said. “As a single mother and small business owner who is a native of Upstate New York, my number one priority is working with the President to continue growing our strong economy and delivering results for the hardworking men and women of our district.”
Tenney has also received the backing from prominent Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.