Langworthy over Paladino in NY GOP congressional primary – with key races also in Florida, Oklahoma

The night's feature race was Nadler vs Maloney in N.Y. Democrat congressional primary that was an incumbent vs. incumbent contest
Election Day

New York State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, who was a member of the Trump's presidential transition team, has defeat Carl Paladino, New York co-chairman of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, in the Republican primary to represent the state's 23rd Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race for Langworthy after midnight Tuesday, after he had won 52% of the vote, compared to 48% for Paladino, with 95% of the vote counted. 

The most high-profile New York primary was Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler's reelection victory in a battle of the incumbents.

Nadler defeated longtime Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the 12th district – in a rare congressional race in which two incumbents and committee chairpersons competed for the same House seat as result of redistricting. Nadler is expected to win the general election in the solid blue district.

"I'll seek to remain the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and I don't think there's much question that that'll happen," said Nadler, according to NBC News. "What I want to achieve is, I believe this country is really a democratic system — with a small d — is threatened. And we're in a pivotal position on the Judiciary Committee to defend against that threat through voting rights legislation and administration."

In the Langworthy-Paladino race, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, House GOP Conference chairwoman, endorsed Paladino before he officially entered the race.

The seat is held by Rep. Chris Jacobs, who announced in June he wasn't running for reelection. 

In other closely watched races: Rep. Markwayne Mullin won the Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senate primary to fill the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. Mullin defeated former state Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon.

In Florida, Rep. Charlie Crist was the projected winner of state Democratic gubernatorial primary. He will challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the November general election.