Nadler, Velazquez Coast To Congressional Primary Wins

Nadler, Velazquez Get Primary Challengers (1)
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez easily bested her opponents to retain their seats in the New York Congressional primaries tonight.

With 95 percent of the precincts reporting in New York’s 10th Congressional District, Nadler, a 12-term incumbent unofficially has 89.5 percent or 23,492 votes to challenger Oliver Rosenberg‘s 10.5 percent or 2, 756 votes.

Rosenberg, who is openly gay and a former corporate banker, ran a good part of his campaign in opposition to Nadler’s vote last year to support President Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran, which drew a lot of Orthodox Jewish and right wing Israeli opposition.

According to unofficial reports, Rosenberg did win a slight majority on the Brooklyn side of the district, which includes the heavily Orthodox Jewish enclave of Borough Park. According to unofficial results and with a little more than 96 percent of the Brooklyn precincts reporting, Rosenberg received 1,361 votes to Nadler’s 1,317 votes.

Nadler will now face Republican Phil Rosenthal in the November general election.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in New York’s 7th Congressional District, Velazquez, also a 12-term incumbent, took about 62 percent of the electorate or 9,565 votes, while Yungman Lee won about 28 percent of the electorate or 4,302 votes and Jeff Kurzon won about 10 percent of the electorate or 1,573 votes.

In the Brooklyn portion of the district, Velazquez won handily with 7,276 votes to Lee’s 2,103 votes and Kurzon’s 1,147 votes.


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