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New York State 2020 Primary Election Summary

New York State 2020 Primary Election Summary

New York’s primary elections were held on June 23, 2020. For the first time in the State’s history, all eligible voters were permitted to vote by absentee ballot, after Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order in May. The State Board of Elections estimates that 1.7 million voters requested an absentee ballot. This is substantially larger than the 157,000 absentee ballots counted in 2016. As a result of this large uptick in absentee voters, final vote totals may not be known for several weeks.

In addition to the Democratic Presidential primary (won by presumptive nominee Joe Biden) and primary races for congressional and state legislative seats, a special election was held for the vacant 27th Congressional District in Western New York. At the state level, there are more than 30 open seats in the Legislature, with various elected officials stepping down, retiring, or running for other elected positions. At the federal level there are four open seats, including the 27th congressional district.

Although most incumbents won re-election, there were several incumbents ousted or being seriously challenged with absentee ballots outstanding. At the Congressional level, Eliot Engel lost his bid for re-election and Carolyn Maloney is in a close race with Suraj Patel. In the State Legislature, multiple Assemblymembers in New York City either lost to or trailed candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America. A DSA-backed candidate also won a primary for a Brooklyn State Senate Seat. The outcome of these New York City primary races will ultimately determine the winner of the November general election due to enrollment numbers within districts that skew heavily in favor of the Democrats.

Below you will find the results from several key races. For a complete list of primary election results, visit the State Board of Elections website at https://nyenr.elections.ny.gov/.

SPECIAL ELECTION – CD-27

In the race to fill this vacant seat, State Senator Chris Jacobs (R) defeated Nate McMurray (D) with 292 of 342 districts reporting. Jacobs also won the primary race held to determine the Republican candidate for the November general election.

Candidate Percent Votes
Chris Jacobs (R/I) 68.66% 51,551
Nate McMurray (D/WF) 28.70% 21,547
Michael Gammariello (GRE) 0.56% 424
Duane Whitmer (LBT) 1.13% 851

 

CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARIES – OPEN SEATS

CD-2                                                                                                                                   

In the race to replace Congressman Pete King, Jackie Gordon (D) and Andrew Garbarino (R) were on their way to winning their primaries, with 369 out of 524 election districts reporting.

Democratic Primary

Candidate Percent Votes
Jackie Gordon 71.26% 7,310
Patricia Maher 24.65% 2,529

Republican Primary

Andrew Garbarino 64.28% 5,749
Mike LiPietri 34.59% 3,094

 

CD-15 (Democratic Primary)

In the race to replace Jose Serrano, Ritchie Torres had a sizeable lead with all districts reporting.

Ritchie Torres 29.44% 12,421
Tomas Ramos 2.53% 1,068
Samelyz Lopez 12.77% 5,377
Melissa Mark-Viverito 3.74% 1,579
Frangrell Basora 0.33% 139
Michael Blake 18.74% 7,905
Ruben Diaz Sr. 14.30% 1,632
Mark Escoffrey Bey 0.28% 117
Chivona Newsome 2.47% 1,041
Ydanis Rodriguez 11.02% 4,648
Julio Pabon 0.40% 170
Marlene Tapper 0.67% 284

 

CD-17 (Democratic Primary)

In the race to replace Nita Lowey, Mondaire Jones won with more than 40 percent of the vote.

Candidate Percent Votes
Mondaire Jones 42.66% 13,625
Catherine Parker 2.10% 670
Adam Schleifer 19.58% 6,253
Allison Fine 1.67% 533
Asha Castlebury 2.88% 921
David Buchwald 5.27% 1,683
Evelyn Farkas 8.64% 2,759
David Carlucci 12.39% 3,958

 

OTHER NOTEWORTHY CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARIES

CD-10 (Democratic Primary)

House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D) fended off two primary opponents on his way to winning the primary.

Jerrold Nadler 60.13% 19,411
Lindsey Boylan 24.43% 7,886
Jonathan Herzog 12.15% 3,923

 

CD-11 (Republican Primary)

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis won the primary in the race to take on Max Rose (D).

Nicole Malliotakis 69.56% 12,952
Joseph Caldarerra 29.24% 5,444

 

CD-12 (Democratic Primary)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney leads in a close race against Suraj Patel with all precincts reporting.

Candidate Percent Votes
Carolyn Maloney 40.34% 16,473
Suraj Patel 38.75% 15,825
Peter Harrison 4.73% 1,933
Lauren Ashcroft 12.90% 5,268

 

CD-14 (Democratic Primary)

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easily won her primary.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 69.56% 27,460
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera 18.73% 7,393
Badrun Khan 5.17% 2,040
Samuel Sloan 2.36% 932

 

CD-16 (Democratic Primary)

Jamaal Bowman won the primary over incumbent Eliot Engel.

Jamaal Bowman 60.76% 27,174
Eliot Engel 34.37% 15,372
Sammy Ravelo 1.10% 491
Chris Fink 1.49% 668
Andom Ghebreghiorgis 0.67% 300

 

CD-22 (Republican Primary)

With 452 of 484 precincts reporting, Claudia Tenney wins the primary, setting up a rematch against Anthony Brindisi (D) in November.

Claudia Tenney 68.80% 15,515
George Phillips 30.06% 6,778

 

STATE SENATE PRIMARIES

SD-1 (Democratic Primary)

Laura Ahearn holds a small lead over Valerie Cartright with all districts reporting. The winner will face Anthony Palumbo in November for the seat held by retiring Senator Ken LaValle.

Laura Ahearn 29.69% 2,360
Valerie Cartright 26.67% 2,120
Nora Higgins 4.48% 356
Skyler Johnson 11.89% 945
Thomas Schiavoni 22.79% 1,812

 

SD-25 (Democratic Primary)

Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright lost to a candidate backed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), in the race for the seat held by retiring Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

Candidate Percent Votes
Tremaine Wright 38.85% 13,301
Jason Salmon 6.65% 2,278
Jabari Brisport 49.98% 17,113

 

SD-38

Justin Sweet (D) and William Weber (R) will face off in November general election for the seat held by David Carlucci.

Democratic Primary

Justin Sweet 39.08% 6,482
Elijah Reichlin-Melnick 27.70% 4,594
Eudson T. Francois 17.68% 2,933

 

Republican Primary

William Weber 65% 2,771
Matthew Weinberg 30.49% 1,300

 

SD-56 (Democratic Primary)

Jeremy Cooney won the primary in the seat held by retiring Senator Joseph Robach. Cooney will face Mike Barry (R).

Jeremy Cooney 41.47% 4,087
Sherita Traywick 26.93% 2,654
Hilda Rosario Escher 24.67% 2,431

SD-61 (Democratic Primary)

Kim Smith has a lead of fewer than 500 votes with 110 of 111 precincts reporting. The winner will face Ed Rath in November in a race to fill the seat vacated by retiring Senator Mike Ranzenhofer.

Candidate Percent Votes
Kim Smith 38.66% 3,418
Jacqualine Berger 33.34% 2,948
Joan Elizabeth Seamans 17.74% 1,569

 

STATE ASSEMBLY PRIMARIES

AD-2 (Democratic Primary)

Laura Jens-Smith won the primary to face off against Jodi Giglio (R) in a seat being vacated by Anthony Palumbo, who is running for State Senate.

Laura Jens-Smith 72.12% 1,772
Williams Schleisner 20.35% 500

 

AD-31 (Democratic Primary)

Khaleel Anderson won the primary for a seat vacated by Michele Titus.

Richard David 26.39% 2,113
Lisa George 17.53% 1,404
Tavia Blakely 3.55% 284
Shea Uzoigwe 6.86% 549
Khaleel Anderson 36.07% 2,888
Derick DeFlorimonte 4.02% 322

 

AD-34 (Democratic Primary)

Incumbent Michael DenDekker lost the race to progressive candidate Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas.

Michael DenDekker 20.87% 1,417
Nuala O’Doherty Naranjo 12.55% 852
Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas 37.03% 2,514
Angel Cruz 7.36% 500
Joy Chowdhury 13.89% 943

 

AD-36 (Democratic Primary)

Incumbent Aravella Simotas trails the DSA-backed Zohran Mamdani.

Aravella Simotas 43.20% 3,639
Zohran Mamdani 50.19% 4,228

 

AD-38 (Democratic Primary)

Incumbent Michael Miller lost to Jenifer Rajkumar.

Candidate Percent Votes
Michael Miller 24.51% 1,300
Jenifer Rajkumar 49.47% 2,624
Joseph De Jesus 20.89% 1,108

 

AD-57 (Democratic Primary)

Incumbent Walter Mosley holds a lead of less than 600 votes over the DSA-backed Phara Souffrant Forrest, with all election districts reporting.

Walter Mosley 49.80% 7,482
Phara Souffrant Forrest 45.89% 6,894

 

AD-64 (Republican Primary)

Michael Tannousis won the race and will compete for the seat vacated by Nicole Malliotakis.

Marko Kepi 38.17% 1,942
Michael Tannousis 60.20% 3,063

 

AD-79 (Democratic Primary)

Chantel Jackson holds a slim lead over Cynthia Cox in a race for the seat held by Michael Blake, who ran for Congress.

George Alvarez 16.58% 1,493
Chantel Jackson 24.67% 2,222
Cynthia Cox 22.01% 1,982
Eric Stevenson 12.25% 1,103
Elvis Santana 11.79% 1,062
Dion Powell 3.44% 310

 

AD-85 (Democratic Primary)

Kenneth Burgos won in the race for a seat held by Marcos Crespo, who vacated the seat.

Kenneth Burgos 51.71% 3,541
William Russell Moore 34.54% 2,365 

 

AD-91 (Democratic Primary)

Incumbent Steven Otis lost to Meg Cameron.

Candidate Percent Votes
Steven Otis 36.39% 1,438
Meg Cameron 50.32% 2,071

 

AD-92 (Democratic Primary)

Jennifer Anna Williams leads incumbent Thomas Abinanti in a close race.

Jennifer Anna Williams 44.87% 2,464
Thomas Abinanti 40.11% 2,203

 

AD-93 (Democratic Primary)

In the primary to replace outgoing Assemblyman David Buchwald, Chris Burdick has a small lead over Kristen Browde.

Jeremiah Frei-Pearson 19.39% 935
Mark Jaffe 6.37% 307
Chris Burdick 29.46% 1,421
Alex Roithmayr 8.85 427
Kristen Browde 26.77% 1,291

 

AD-122 (Republican Primary)

In the primary to replace outgoing Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, Joe Angelino wins.

Victor Furman 5.90% 371
Nicholas Libous 14.02% 882
Joe Angelino 73.76% 4,641
James Powers 4.82% 303

 

AD-124 (Republican Primary)

Incumbent Christopher Friend wins against REALTOR®, RC Ike.

Christopher Friend 68.98% 3,810
RC Ike 26.38% 1,457

 

AD-125 (Democratic Primary)

Anna Kelles wins the primary for the seat held by retiring Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.

Candidate Percent Votes
Jordan Lesser 14.91% 797
Anna Kelles 32.75% 1,751
Beau Harbin 4.90% 262
Jason Leifer 5.95% 318
Sujata Gibson 14.96% 800
Seph Murtaugh 19.47% 1,041
Lisa Hoeschele 3.74% 200

 

AD-131 (Republican Primary)

Jeff Gallahan wins the primary for the seat vacated by Brian Kolb.

Ann Marie Heizman 7.36% 110
Cindy Wade 27.24% 407
Jeff Gallahan 42.30% 632
Jeff Shipley 20.88% 312

 

AD-136 (Democratic Primary)

Sarah Clarke wins the primary and will compete for the seat vacated by Jamie Romeo.

Sarah Clarke 59.99% 3,847
Justin Wilcox 27.74% 1,779
Nelson Lopatin 5.19% 333

 

AD-137 (Democratic Primary)

In the race to replace outgoing Assemblyman David Gantt, Demond Meeks wins.

Ernest Flagler 32.77% 2,248
Demond Meeks 45.22% 3,122
Ann Lewis 13.75% 943
Silvano Orsi 2.60% 178

 

AD-140 (Democratic Primary)

Kevin Stocker has a lead of less than 100 votes in the primary to fill the seat vacated by retiring Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

William Conrad III 46.89% 1,419
Kevin Stocker 48.84% 1,478