New York Primary Day 2020: Key Races And Results

New Yorkers Hit Polls To Vote During MIdterm Elections
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — It was a Primary Day in New York unlike any other as Democrats, Republicans and other parties were selected candidates for Congress, president, the state legislature and other offices.

More than 1.7 million voters filed an application for an absentee ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic. That means the results of Tuesday's elections may not be known until July.

In the state's Democratic presidential primary, Joe Biden won with around 67 percent of the vote.

Many absentee ballots still had to be counted as results rolled in Wednesday morning, but the results showed several likely wins for progressive candidates.

Among the closely watched contests was progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Joe Crowley two years ago.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, appeared to defeat former journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ocasio-Cortez had 72.6 percent of the vote and Caruso-Cabrera had 19.4 percent.

Meanwhile, veteran U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, who has represented parts of the Bronx and Westchester for nearly 30 years, was trailing progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman, a 44-year-old former middle school principal.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Bowman had 60.9 percent of the vote and Engel had 35.6 percent.

"Let me tell you something right now, Eliot Engel, and I'll say his name once, used to say that he was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, but you know what Donald Trump is more afraid of then anything else? A Black man with power! That is what Donald Trump is afraid of," Bowman told supporters. "I am excited, I am happy, I am fired up, I cannot wait to go to Congress and cause problems for the people in there."

Longtime U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, was leading a tight race with Suraj Patel.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Maloney had 41.5 percent of the vote and Suraj Patel had 40 percent.

"I am so grateful to all the voters who showed up yesterday, who voted early and who voted absentee to return me to Congress," Maloney said in a statement. "This campaign was an opportunity not to just highlight my record of accomplishment and vision for a fairer future, but to talk about the opportunities ahead to advance police and criminal justice reform, to expand assistance to the millions impacted by COVID-19, and to hold President Trump accountable in what we are working to ensure are the final months of his disastrous presidency."

U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, who represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, was leading progressive challenger Lindsey Boylan.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Nadler had 61.8 percent of the vote and Lindsey Boylan had 25.5 percent.

Longtime Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents parts of Brooklyn, appeared to have defeated her challengers.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Clarke had 62.3 percent of the vote and Adem Bunkeddeko, second in the race, had 17.9 percent.

In the race to replace retiring Rep. Nita Lowey, who represents parts of Rockland and Westchester counties, progressive candidate Mondaire Jones was in the lead with 44.8 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Jones picked up more than double the votes of any of the six candidates vying for the seat.

Rep. Peter King, who represents parts of the South Shore of Long Island, is also retiring. Jackie Gordon was leading the race to replace him. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, she had 72.9 percent of the vote and Patricia Maher had 27.1 percent.

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres was leading the race to replace Rep. Jose Serrano, who represents parts of the Bronx. Torres had 30.5 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake had 19.4 percent and Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. had 14.7 percent.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, 67, held off two challengers to win the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District and Rep. Nydia Velazquez defeated entertainer Paperboy Prince for New York's 7th Congressional District. 

Kentucky also held its primaries Tuesday.

Here's a look at some of the races we're watching:


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