Nadler defeats Maloney in New York Democrat House primary, battle of the incumbents

Lawmakers each first elected in 1992, forced to compete for same House seat as result of redistricting

Updated: August 23, 2022 - 9:44pm

New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler on Tuesday defeated Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a rare congressional race in which two incumbents and committee leaders competed for the same House seat.

Nadler was declared the winner with 56% of the vote with 100% of the votes counted, according to the New York Board of Elections.

Maloney finished with 24% of the vote, followed by businessman-attorney Suraj Patel, who has now run unsuccessfully for the seat three straight times. 

Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was competing against Maloney, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in the state’s 12th Congressional District – newly formed to include parts of Maloney’s old 12th district and some Nadler’s former 10th district, as a result of redistricting.

They each were first elected in 1992.

Nadler, who made the campaign argument that he is New York City's last Jewish representative in the House, appeared to have a lead going into election night – having won endorsements from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the The New York Times.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not endorse either of the long-time incumbents.

Maloney ran a campaign that in large part focused on women’s rights that she hoped would be energized by the Supreme Court's conservative majority recently overturning Roe v. Wade, the decades-old high court case that gave women the constitutional right to abortion.

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