Republicans nominated state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-NY 01) to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D), and former White House aide Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21) to run for retiring Rep. Bill Owens’s (D) seat. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D-NY 04) will face Bruce Blakeman (R), presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, for retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s (D) seat. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY 22) overcame a primary challenge from state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R). And Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY 13) is leading state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D), but the Associated Press has not called the race and Espaillat has not conceded.
Lee Zeldin: 9,641 (62 percent)
George Demos: 5,870 (38 percent)
Zeldin and his supporters criticized Demos for funding his campaign largely with money from his father-in-law, who has donated to Democrats and is an acquaintance of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12). Demos used much of that money to run ads criticizing Zeldin’s record in the state Senate; Zeldin said Demos distorted his record on taxes and Obamacare. Zeldin will face Rep. Tim Bishop (D) in the general election. (New York Times)
Kathleen Rice: 6,874 (56 percent)
Kevan Abrahams: 5,350 (44 percent)
Bruce Blakeman: 8,461 (66 percent)
Frank Scaturro: 4,404 (34 percent)
Rice will have a cash advantage over Blakeman in the general election; she raised $2.1 million to Blakeman’s $400,000. Blakeman received support from the Nassau County Republican Party because he appeared to be the stronger candidate in the general election, despite losing previous bids for state comptroller and a Senate seat. (Newsday)
Charles Rangel: 22,674 (47 percent)
Adriano Espaillat: 20,846 (44 percent)
Michael Walrond: 3,768 (8 percent)
Yolanda Garcia: 505 (1 percent)
The Associated Press has not called the race, and Espaillat has not conceded, citing uncounted absentee and provisional ballots. “As we learned in 2012, every single vote needs to be counted in this race. Given the thousands of votes outstanding, the people of Upper Manhattan and The Bronx deserve a full accounting of every vote to achieve a complete and accurate tally in this race,” Espaillat said. (release)
Rangel has said he did not expect an endorsement from President Obama, but has also campaigned heavily on his support for Obama, who is more popular in Rangel’s district than Rangel is. “God sent us Barack Obama,” he told members of a church while campaigning. (Politico)
Rangel also did not receive an endorsement from Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom he said privately supports Walrond. De Blasio did not deny favoring Walrond, only saying that he would not endorse any candidate in the primary. (New York Observer)
Elise Stefanik: 15,292 (61 percent)
Matthew Doheny: 9,773 (39 percent)
Doheny frequently criticized American Crossroads for getting involved in the race, running three negative TV ads against him. “My opponent had a good night; Karl Rove had a good night. That’s just the reality,” Doheny said in his concession speech. (Watertown Daily Times)
Richard Hanna: 15,135 (53 percent)
Claudia Tenney: 13,503 (47 percent)
Hanna said “the election was closer than he wanted, but he knew that Tenney had gained ground in the final weeks of the election.” Hanna said he wasn’t sure if his victory sent a message to socially conservative Republicans, “but I hope it’s a message that you could be thoughtful and inclusive and still be elected.” Hanna was backed by American Unity PAC, which supports Republicans who support same-sex marriage, while Tenney received support from the National Organization for Marriage. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
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