Wins and Losses for Progressive Challengers in New York Primaries

HeadlineSep 14, 2018
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In the New York primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated insurgent progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon, while incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul defeated challenger Jumaane Williams. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won the Democratic primary for attorney general. If she wins in November, James will become the first black woman elected to a statewide position in New York. Lawyer Alessandra Biaggi defeated New York state Senator Jeffrey Klein, who led the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference—a group of Democratic state senators who aligned themselves with Republicans. And community organizer and Democratic Socialist candidate Julia Salazar won her New York state Senate primary in Brooklyn, unseating 16-year incumbent Martin Dilan. Twenty-seven-year-old Salazar ran on a platform of affordable housing for all, while her opponent, Dilan, has received more money from real estate developers than nearly any other New York state Senate Democrat. Salazar won despite a number of recent news articles that raised questions about how she had described her political affiliations, family wealth and birthplace. At Columbia University, she was president of Christians United for Israel and an anti-choice group. She now identifies as Jewish and pro-choice. She is also among a dozen women to accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s international spokesman David Keyes of sexual assault and harassment. Keyes has announced he’s taking a leave of absence.

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