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Midnight, Election Eve: Breaking Primary Highlights

Nadler Ousts Maloney in Battle of Congressional Dem Heavyweights, Goldman and Niou head-to-head for Congress in NY-10

August 24, 2022 Special to the Brooklyn Eagle
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New York City voters returned to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the state’s second primary for US House and State Senate nominations. The polls closed at 9 pm as results trickled in for some hotly-contested US House seats and state senate primary wins.

Here are some of the highlights.

Jerrold Nadler squashes Carolyn Maloney in Heavyweight Battle of 30-year Congressional Veterans

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One of the most hotly-contested races pitted two Democratic Congressional allies against each other in the heart of New York City, with Rep. Jerrold Nadler handily winning against incumbent and now former Rep. Carolyn Maloney, according to a race call by The Associated Press. Rep. Nadler gained 55.6% of the votes compared to Maloney’s 22.4%.

Both Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney entered Congress in 1992, and have ascended to become powerful stalwarts. The two are self-proclaimed progressives who largely represented Manhattan (Maloney on the East Side, Nadler on the West).

Maloney, who largely represented Manhattan’s Upper East Side and parts of Brooklyn and Queens, age 76, a former teacher turned city councilwoman, ascended Congress to chair the powerful House Oversight Committee.

Nadler, age 75, who represented the Upper West Side and chairs the House Judicial Committee, said he received conciliations from Maloney and the third candidate, Suraj Patel.

Although both house Dems have much in common, some key differences are that Nadler received the powerful endorsement of the New York Times, and also was put into the limelight as the leader of the two impeachments of Donald Trump. Nadler claimed his votes against the Iraq War and the Patriot Act as a key differentiator.

Maloney, who has been a star in her own right on the Oversight Committee, was also instrumental in getting healthcare treatment for 9/11 first responders, protecting credit card users, and fighting for women’s and social causes, and argued that “you can’t send a man to do a woman’s job.”

Patel, aged 38, is an attorney, self-proclaimed “business leader,” and a former staffer for President Barack Obama who ran his platform largely on fresh change – being nearly half the age of the two incumbents. Patel ran against Maloney twice; and came within four percentage points of defeating the now former Congresswoman in 2020. Sources say that Patel drew votes away from Maloney, making the win more blockbuster than expected.

Battle for Brooklyn State Senate: State Sen. Andrew Gounardes beats back primary challenger David Yassky

Two-term state Sen. Andrew Gounardes greatly defeated former City Councilman David Yassky in the Democratic primary to represent Congressional District 26 in southern Brooklyn.

As of midnight on Tuesday, with 94.47% of votes counted, Gounardes was up 66% to 35.55% for Yassky to represent Bay Ridge and parts of Brownstone Brooklyn around Downtown.

Battle for Brooklyn in the House with Congressional District 10:
Political newcomer Goldman claims victory, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou refuses to concede

The newly-redrawn 10th Senate District, covering lower Manhattan and parts of northwest Brooklyn, was declared victorious by Daniel Sachs Goldman, who held 25.8% of the votes, closely tailed by Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou’s %23.7, as of midnight on Tuesday.

Goldman a former federal prosecutor who served as the Democrats’ lead counsel in the first Trump impeachment trial, declared victory, but Yuh-Line Niou refused to concede. (Trump, trying to throw his wrench in the Democratic wheel, endorsed Goldman to create chaos.)

“And I know that tonight’s results aren’t yet what we hope to hear, but we will not concede until we count every vote,” the Assemblymember said.

The scramble for a rare open house seat with no incumbents left six lead candidates pitted against each other. Besides the two top contenders, others who threw their hats in the ring were Carlina Rivera, an NYC Councilwoman; Yuh-Line Niou, a State Assemblywoman; Dan Goldman; Elizabeth Holtzman, a former Congresswoman; Mondaire Jones, a Congressman from another district; and Jo Anne Simon, a Brooklyn State Assemblywoman. Trailing behind third in the race was former Rep. Jones.

Daniel Sachs Goldman, a heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune, won the coveted NYT endorsement and poured $1 million of his own money into the race.

Former Dem Rep. Max Rose Pitted Back Against GOP’s Malliotakis in Brooklyn

Former Rep. Max Rose won the primary in New York’s 11th District on Tuesday, defeating progressive challenger Brittany Ramos DeBarros, according to AP. This pits him against his GOP opponent, Rep. Malliotakis, in the General Election for the contested Staten Island/Brooklyn District.

Voter turnout during an unprecedented second primary

An August primary is unprecedented for New Yorkers, as well as splitting the primary elections into separate dates, following the contentious redistricting and NY court decision to split the races.

Coupled with that is the challenge that many voters are in the dog days of summer, sources said, although it is tough to compare this voter turnout to previous years.

According to the Board of Elections, as of 6 pm, the voter turnout was lower than usual, with a total of 237,888 total voting check-ins, including early voters–about ten percent of eligible voters.

Here’s the borough breakdown:
Manhattan – 102,493
Bronx – 18,125
Brooklyn – 79,304
Queens – 17,996
Staten Island – 19,970
Total Voting Check-Ins 237,888

The unofficial voter election results can be viewed on the BOE’s site.

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