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Results Roundup: 2022 U.S. House and State Senate Primary Elections


(l-r) Jerry Nadler, Dan Goldman, Kristen Gonzalez (top) 
Gustavo Rivera, Robert Jackson, Andrew Gounardes


New York’s second primary election of the year has concluded, determining the general election nominees for the House of Representatives and State Senate. There were several competitive races, mostly among Democrats, across the city and state and while winners have been declared in most of them, a few are too close to call and could be decided in the coming days once thousands of absentee ballots are tallied.

This was the first-ever primary held in August, a result of a chaotic redistricting process this year, and turnout was low in most races. With new district lines in place, there were many high-profile Democratic primaries on Tuesday involving incumbents facing challengers, open races and longtime Democratic officials in direct competition. Some races may not be decided for days as the Board of Elections undertakes the task of canvassing absentee ballots, including giving voters the chance to correct erroneously marked ballots. In New York City, 62,649 votes were cast through absentee ballots through August 23, but only those that were canvassed through August 19 were included in the unofficial election night results.

There was a crowded Democratic primary for the 10th congressional district, which covers Lower Manhattan south of 14th street and parts of western Brooklyn. There were six leading candidates: City Council Member Carlina Rivera; Assemblymembers Yuh-line Niou and Jo Anne Simon; Dan Goldman, a former prosecutor who led the first impeachment of then-President Donald Trump; former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman; and U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones, who represents the Hudson Valley’s 17th district but moved to Brooklyn to run in the new 10th. 

Goldman won the race, which was called at 12:39 a.m. on Wednesday by The Associated Press. Niou trailed him in second place, while Jones came in third and Rivera was a close fourth.

One of the most closely watched races was the Democratic primary for the new 12th Congressional District, which combined the East and West Sides of Manhattan, from roughly 13th Street to 110th Street, and set up a clash between veteran Democratic Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. Nadler handily won the race, with 55.4% of the vote against Maloney’s 24.18%, while a third candidate, attorney Suraj Patel, got 19.02%.

Another prominent race took place in the new 17th congressional district, which spans Rockland County, northern Westchester County, Putnam County, and parts of Dutchess County. Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, won that primary despite a spirited challenge from State Senator Alessandra Biaggi.

In the 19th congressional district, there was a special election under the old district lines to complete the remaining term of Democratic U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado after he became lieutenant governor earlier this year. The race was being watched nationally as a bellwether for Democrats as they seek to hold on to their majority in the House of Representatives by energizing their base over abortion rights in the face of a Republican wave in the midterms. Democrat Pat Ryan, the Ulster County Executive, emerged as the winner, defeating Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

In the State Senate, several incumbent Democrats fended off tough challenges on Tuesday.

In District 31, which covers parts of Manhattan and the Bronx, State Senator Robert Jackson defeated three challengers to win his primary, including Angel Vazquez, who had been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat.

In Broooklyn’s District 25, State Senator Jabari Brisport held his seat against two other candidates, including Rev. Conrad Tillard, who received an endorsement from Mayor Eric Adams.

State Senator Kevin Parker held on in Brooklyn’s District 21, beating two challengers, including David Alexis, a progressive who had been backed by the Working Families Party and the New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA).

In South Brooklyn, State Senator Andrew Gounardes won the primary in the newly drawn District 26, defeating former City Council Member David Yassky.

In District 33 in the Bronx, Democratic State Senator Gustavo Rivera, a progressive, defeated his moderate challenger, Miguelina Camilo.

The redistricting process created two new Senate districts in the city and there was a competitive open race for the new District 59, which spans across neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Kristen Gonzalez, a progressive endorsed by the NYC-DSA, came out on top in the primary, defeating former City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, a moderate, and Michael Corbett, vice chair of the state Democratic Party. 

Here’s a full look at the results from Tuesday night, with some absentee ballots still being counted. In almost every State Senate seat in New York City, the Democratic primary winner is all but certain to win in the general election given the overwhelming Democratic voter enrollment advantage in the city.

Congressional races

In the 1st Congressional District, Republican Nicholas LaLota has won, defeating two other candidates. The new district covers two-thirds of Suffolk County, Long Island,

In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Andrew Garbarino has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers the South Shore of Suffolk County from Amityville to Eastport on Long Island.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Robert Zimmerman has won, defeating four other candidates. The new district covers the northern half of Nassau County on Long Island.

In the 4th Congressional District, Democrat Laura Gillen has won, defeating three other candidates. The new district covers the southern half of Nassau County on Long Island.

In the 7th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez has won, defeating her challenger, Paperboy Love Prince. The new district covers parts of northern Brooklyn including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Greenpoint, and Bushwick and parts of Queens, including Long Island City, Sunnyside, Ridgewood, Glendale and Woodhaven

In the 8th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has won, handily defeating challenger Queen Johnson. The new district spans central, eastern and southern Brooklyn including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill, East New York, Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Coney Island.

In the 10th Congressional District, Democrat Daniel Goldman has won, defeating a crowded field of a dozen other candidates. The new district covers Lower Manhattan south of 14th street and parts of western Brooklyn including Downtown, Gowanus, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Borough Park.

In the 11th Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis has won her primary, defeating challenger John Matland.

Democrat Max Rose has won the Democratic primary for the district, defeating two other candidates. The district covers the entirety of Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn.

In the 12th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler has won, defeating fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, attorney Suraj Patel, and Ashmi Patel. The new district combines the East and West Sides of Manhattan, from roughly 13th Street to 110th Street, with variation on each side of Central Park.

In the 13th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers Upper Manhattan from East Harlem to Inwood and parts of the Bronx including Kingsbridge, University Heights, and Bedford Park

In the 14th Congressional District, Republican Tina Forte has won the primary against Desi Cuellar. The district is currently represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The new district covers northern Queens including Astoria, Steinway, East Elmhurst, Corona and College Point, and the eastern side of the Bronx including Hunts Point, Castle Hill, Throggs Neck, Parkchester, Pelham, Co-op City, City Island and parts of Eastchester.

In the 16th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman has won, defeating three challengers. The new district covers southern Westchester County and parts of the northeast Bronx.

In the 17th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has won, defeating State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. The new district spans Rockland County, northern Westchester County, Putnam County, and parts of Dutchess County.

In the Republican primary for the district, Assemblymember Michael Lawler has won, defeating four other candidates.

In the 18th Congressional District, in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Democrat Pat Ryan has won, defeating two other candidates.

In the 19th Congressional District, Democrat ​​Josh Riley has won, defeating Jamie Cheney. The new district covers parts of the Southern Tier, Catskills, and Hudson Valley.

There was a special election for the 19th District, under the old district lines. Democrat Pat Ryan, the Ulster County Executive, won the race, beating Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

In the 20th Congressional District, in the Capital region, Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko has won, defeating his challenger, Rostislav Rar.

In the 21st Congressional District, Democrat Matt Castelli has won, defeating Matthew Putorti. The new district covers most of the North Country and Adirondacks, and parts of the Capital region,

In the 22nd Congressional District in Central New York, Democrat Francis Conole has won, defeating three other candidates.

In the Republican primary for the district, Brandon Williams has won, defeating Steve Wells.

In the 23rd Congressional District, Nick Langworthy, the State GOP chair, won against Carl Paladino. The new district covers parts of the Southern Tier and parts of Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties

There was also a special election in District 23, under the old district lines. Republican Joseph Sempolinski won, defeating Democrat Max Della Pia.

In the 24th Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney won, defeating Mario Fratto. The new district includes parts of Western New York and the North Country.

In the 26th Congressional District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins has won, defeating his challenger, Emin “Eddie” Egriu. The district covers parts of Erie and Niagara counties, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

State Senate Races in New York City

In District 15, Democratic State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers parts of southwestern Queens.

In District 21, Democratic State Senator Kevin Parker has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers parts of central and southern Brooklyn.

In District 23, Democrat Jessica Scarcella-Spanton has won, defeating three other candidates in the Democratic primary. The new district covers Staten Island’s north and east shores and parts of Brooklyn, including Coney Island.

In the Republican primary for the district, Joseph Tirone Jr. has defeated Sergey Fedorov.

In District 25, Democratic State Senator Jabari Brisport has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers parts of Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Ocean Hill.

In District 26, Democratic State Senator Andrew Gounardes has won, defeating his challenger, David Yassky. The new district covers parts of western Brooklyn from Dumbo to Fort Hamilton.

In District 27, Democratic State Senator Brian Kavanagh has won, defeating two challengers. The new district covers Lower Manhattan.

In District 30, Democratic State Senator Cordell Cleare has won, defeating her challenger, Shana Harmongoff. The new district covers Upper Manhattan from Bloomingdale and Harlem up to Sugar Hill.

In District 31, Democratic State Senator Robert Jackson has won, defeating three challengers. The new district covers Upper Manhattan from Washington Heights to Inwood and parts of the Bronx including Morris Heights, University Heights, Marble Hill and Kingsbridge.

In District 33, Democratic State Senator Gustavo Rivera defeated his challenger, Miguelina Camilo. The new district covers parts of the Bronx from Riverdale to Van Nest.

In District 34, Democrat Nathalia Fernandez has won, defeating two other candidates. The new district covers the East Bronx and parts of Westchester.

In District 47, Democratic State Senator Brad Hoylman has won, defeating his challenger, Maria Danzilo. The new district covers the West Side of Manhattan from the Meatpacking District to the Upper West Side.

In District 59, Democrat Kristen Gonzalez has won, defeating two other candidates (another two candidates were on the ballot but dropped out of the race). The new district covers parts of Midtown East in Manhattan, Greenpoint in Brooklyn, and Astoria and Long Island City in Queens.

State Senate Races Outside NYC

In District 4, Democrat Monica Martinez has won against Assemblymember Phil Ramos. The new district covers the southern parts of Suffolk County.

In District 7, Democratic State Senator Anna Kaplan has won against her challenger, Jeremy Joseph. The new district covers parts of Long Island’s north shore.

In District 51, Republican State Senator Peter Oberacker has won against his challenger, Terry Bernardo. The new district includes Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, part of Broome, part of Chenango and part of Ulster counties.

In District 52, Democrat Lea Webb has won, defeating Leslie Danks Burke. The new district covers Cortland, Tompkins and parts of Broome counties.

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by Samar Khurshid, senior reporter, Gotham Gazette
     

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