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Rangel Declares Victory; Espaillat Says Race Too Close To Call

Other Congressional Primary Contests

In other races, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) easily beat her opponent in the Democratic primary for the Congressional District.

In unofficial results, Velazquez on Tuesday had about 83 percent of the vote and attorney Jeffrey Kurzon had about 17 percent. Velazquez will now go on to the general election in November.

The district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Velazquez is currently serving her 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Meeks (D-N.Y.), who made Rangel’s victory declaration, himself won renomination in the 5th Congressional District primary, easily defeating opponent Joseph Marthone.

The district is mostly in Queens but also includes a small portion of Nassau County.

Meeks has been an attorney and a judge, and also a member of the New York State Assembly.

Rep. Jose Serrano also easily won the Democratic primary for his 15th Congressional District seat in the Bronx. He beat challenger Sam Sloan and now moves onto the general election in November.

Serrano first won election to the House of Representatives in 1990.

On Long Island, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice won the Democratic primary for the 4th Congressional District, beating Kevan Abrahams, who is the leader of the Democratic caucus in the county legislature, according to unofficial returns.

In the Republican primary, Bruce Blakeman defeated political outsider Frank Scaturro, who has made several unsuccessful bids for the nomination.

The two will face off in the general election in November to replace Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), who is stepping down after disclosing that she has been fighting cancer.

And state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) won the Republican primary for the First Congressional District on eastern Long Island, defeating former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer George Demos in unofficial returns.

Zeldin will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.) in November.

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