Rangel and Long capture their respective party's nod
There were no big surprises this year in New York’s primaries.
The two most notably victories were Representative Charles Rangel’s and attorney Wendy Long’s.
The 2012 Democratic primary for the House of Representatives was billed as a tough fight for Rep. Charles Rangel, thanks to demographic changes and the shadows of an ethic scandal. And when the dust cleared, it was apparent that it had been.
Rangel only narrowly defeated his closest challenger, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat on Tuesday. With about 85 percent of the votes tallied, he had about 45 percent of the vote in unofficial results, a rare dip below a majority for Rangel.
Even in 2010, when he was in the midst of an ethics investigation, he easily outdistanced his nearest rival, winning more than twice the number of votes.
But this year, the boundaries of the congressional district covering Harlem were redrawn as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process, with some of Manhattan being taken out of the district and parts of the Bronx added in. That changed its ethnic and racial composition: While the number of blacks stayed roughly the same, there are fewer whites and more Hispanics. Hispanics now make up more than half of the residents and almost half of the eligible voters.
As for the Senate primary, Wendy Long, who promoted her conservative credentials on her way to a convincing win in New York's Republican Senate primary, now faces a broader and more liberal electorate as she takes on Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.
Long, a New York City attorney, defeated U.S. Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County comptroller George Maragos in a primary election Tuesday notable for low turnout.
Long now faces the daunting task of trying to raise millions of dollars and build statewide name recognition by election day in November. Gillibrand, a three-year incumbent, already has about $10 million in campaign cash.
In other races:
- In the 1st District covering the eastern part of Long Island, Republican Randy Altschuler beat George Demos to take on incumbent Tim Bishop in the general election. Bishop narrowly beat Altschuler in 2010.
- In the 4th District on Long Island, Francis Becker beat Frank Scaturro in the Republican primary.
- In the 5th District that covers parts of Queens and Nassau County, incumbent Democrat Gregory Meeks defeated Michael Scala.
- In the 7th District that stretches over parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, incumbent Democrat Nydia Velazquez beat City Councilman Erik Dilan.
- In the 9th District in Brooklyn, incumbent Democrat Yvette Clarke defeated Sylvia Kinard.
- In the 16th District covering parts of the Bronx and the Hudson Valley, incumbent Democrat Eliot Engel cruised to victory over Aniello Grimaldi.
- In the 17th District of the lower Hudson Valley, Republican Joseph Carvin defeated Jim Russell.
- Sean Maloney won the Democratic primary in the 18th District that includes Newburgh, West Point and Carmel, defeating Richard Becker.
- Julian Schreibman defeated Joel Tyner in a Democratic primary and will face freshman Republican Chris Gibson in November in the 19th District in the Hudson Valley.
- In northern New York, Matt Doheny defeated Kellie Greene to set up a rematch with incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in the 21st Congressional District. Doheny also has the Conservative line.
- In the Utica area, Richard Hanna held off Michael Kicinski in his bid for a second term representing the 22nd District.
- In the 23rd District stretching from Ithaca to Jamestown, Nate Shinagawa beat Leslie Burke in the Democratic primary.