WASHINGTON (AP) — In Tuesday’s primary election, redistricting left two longtime New York House Democratic colleagues vying for the same seat, while the leader of the party’s campaign arm in the house runs into new territory and faces a challenge from the left.
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New York is holding its second round of primary elections after voting in June for statewide races. Tuesday will cover the state’s 26 U.S. House seats, a date delayed after a judge ordered a reshuffle of political maps.
New congressional districts have caused consternation among Democrats, particularly a new seat in the Manhattan area that has turned two incumbents into rivals. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who has represented New York’s Upper East Side for three decades, takes on Rep. Jerry Nadler, who has represented the Upper West Side for just as long.
Maloney, 76, and Nadler, 75, each chair powerful committees. Running in the same primary is Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer who says it’s time for a new generation of leaders.
Nadler was endorsed by The New York Times and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. But turnout could be low as many residents of the district have left for summer vacation, especially wealthy voters who have second homes elsewhere, making it difficult to predict the winner.
An unpredictable turnout could also decide a primary in an ultraliberal neighborhood in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Competing is progressive Mondaire Rep. Jones, who represents a Hudson Valley seat but is running further south to avoid another incumbent challenge.
Other candidates for the seat include Assemblyman Yuh-Line Niou, New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and former Representative Elizabeth Holtzman. Daniel Goldman, the former federal prosecutor who served as counsel for House Democrats in Trump’s first impeachment inquiry, is also in the running.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who leads the House Democratic campaign organization, is running in a new suburban neighborhood in upstate New York. He swapped districts without consulting Jones, who currently represents most of the region. The decision upset the left and led State Senator Alessandra Biaggi to challenge him for the seat.
A high-profile Republican primary race is unfolding near Buffalo, where Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs opted out of re-election after facing backlash for expressing support for gun safety measures following a a racist mass shooting in his district last May. New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy and businessman Carl Paladino are running to replace him.
Paladino is a former gubernatorial candidate with a long history of offensive comments, including his suggestion that Adolf Hitler was “the kind of leader we need today” because of his ability to rally crowds. More recently, he said in a radio interview that US Attorney General Merrick Garland “should be executed” for authorizing a search of Trump’s home. He said later on the show that he was being facetious.
Associated Press writer Michelle Price in New York to this report.