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Rep. Jerry Nadler defeated Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a Democratic primary after a court forced the two longtime lawmakers into the same New York City congressional district.
“Nadler’s victory ends a 30-year run in Congress for Maloney, who battled to get government aid for people sickened by clouds of toxic soot after the Sept. 11 attacks. The unusual fight between incumbents who have spent decades working together was the result of a redistricting process that lumped Nadler’s home base on the west side of Manhattan together with Maloney’s on the east side, with neither willing to run in another part of the city,” Yahoo News reported.
In his victory speech, Nadler said he and Maloney “have spent much of our adult lives working together to better both New York and our nation. I speak for everyone in this room tonight when I thank her for her decades of service to our city.”
He pledged he would go back to Congress “with a mandate to fight for the causes so many of us know to be right,” including abortion access and climate change.
Maloney, however, has served in Congress since 1992.
Soon after her loss, she immediately reverted to a slew of liberal talking points.
“I’m really saddened that we no longer have a woman representing Manhattan in Congress,” Maloney added. “It has been a great, great honor and a joy and a privilege to work for you.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Maloney “a champion for integrity” in a statement on the race and said, “her longtime public service will be profoundly missed in the Congress.”
Pelosi also congratulated Nadler, saying he “has been a commanding force for freedom and justice” and that the country would “greatly benefit from his continued leadership.”
In declaring victory Tuesday night, Nadler reflected on the ordeal of being thrown into a new district decades into his congressional tenure.
“It might have been so much easier to move away from this community and represent a different part of the city,” he said. “I have lived here for my entire adult life. I love the people of this community and what they represent. Why would I want to be any place else?”
“I know how overwhelming these challenges can feel,” Nadler said. “I know that when confronted with fights as massive as those that [come] before us, it can feel impossible to do anything but surrender. But here is the thing — I’m a New Yorker. … We New Yorkers just don’t know how to surrender.”
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There were also two crucial elections in Florida on Tuesday night.
Sen. Marco Rubio has been declared the winner of Florida’s uncontested GOP Senate primary.
Rubio did not have any opponents in the GOP primary on Tuesday, but Democrats have made his seat a top priority going into November’s general election.
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Demings will challenge him in November.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been declared the winner of the gubernatorial Republican primary.
DeSantis, who ran unopposed, is one of the most popular governors in the country and is favored to win re-election in November.
A poll last week found that DeSantis is leading his Democrat challenger — Rep. Charlie Crist — in this year’s governor’s race.
DeSantis leads Crist in a head-to-head matchup by eight percentage points — 51 percent to Crist’s 43 percent.