BY SAM RAPPAPORT
Two long-time New York congressional incumbents, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), easily held on to their seats in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Maloney fended off Suraj Patel, a young, progressive challenger, with nearly 60 percent of the vote. More than 41,000 voters turned out in District 12, the wealthiest per capita congressional district in the country.
Throughout the campaign, Patel alleged that Maloney, a 25-year incumbent, had grown out of touch with her constituents, especially those of working-class and immigrant backgrounds. Maloney repeatedly trumpeted her decades of experience and track record of legislative action. She will face Republican Eliot Rabin and Green Party candidate Scott Hutchins in the general election.
In U.S. House Congressional District 5, Meeks triumphed in a landslide victory over entrepreneur Mizan Choudhury and Iraqi War Veteran Carl Achille. Meeks garnered 81.5 percent of the 12,029 votes cast in the district’s Democratic primary.
Meeks, who has represented the district for two decades, spoke throughout the campaign of tightening gun-control regulations, offering legal protections for Dreamers and saving the Affordable Care Act. He survived the critiques of Choudhury and Achille, who both claimed that Meeks had grown out of touch with the reality of his constituents. Meek will run unopposed in the general election.
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