A summary of federal primary elections in New York State last night:NY-1 GOP: Lee Zeldin v. George Demos
State Senator Lee Zeldin defeated three-time candidate George Demos. He advances to the general election against Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop, who defeated Zeldin for the same seat in 2008.NY-2 GOP: Stephen Labate v. Grant Lally
The primary between Labate and Lally is too close to call, with Lally leading by approximately 100 votes. The winner will advance to face DCCC chair Steve Israel in the general election. Although theoretically a swing district, Israel's ruthlessness and the benefits of incumbency will make the GOP nominee's job a challenge.NY-4 DEM and GOP: Kathleen Rice v. Kevin Abrahams, Bruce Blakeman v. Frank Scaturro
In the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County district attourney who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in 2010, won the Democratic primary and will face off against Bruce Blakeman, the county legislator who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. senate in 2010 and Comptroller in 1998.NY-13 DEM: Charlie Rangel v. Adriano Espaillat
In what seems like an annual ritual every couple of years, the dinosaur of Harlem, Charlie Rangel, again turned away a challenge from Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, 47–44. Espaillat, who came within 1,000 votes of defeating Rangel in 2012, is not yet conceding. Espaillat appeared to have been hurt in part by the low-budget campaign of Yolanda Garcia, whose sole purpose in the campaign was apparently to serve as a Rangel stalking horse by attacking Espaillat.
Rangel moves on to face Green Party nominee Daniel Vila Rivera. Ken Schaefer is on the Working Families line, but his candidacies are usually placeholders and he may be nominated for a judgeship to clear the line for Rangel. The Republicans have no candidate in this district.NY-21 GOP: Elise Stefanik v. Matt Doheny
In one corner, you have Elise Stefanik, the Washington operative who worked for George W. Bush and Paul Ryan, who relocated to northern New York this year to run for Congress. In the other, you have Matt Doheny, the Wall Street operative, who relocated to northern New York back in 2009 to run for Congress…and lost three consecutive times. The departure of tea party local Joe Gilbert from the race earlier this year left this race a "Battle of the Carpetbaggers."
Make that four consecutive times, as Stefanik cruised to victory by an approximately 60–40 margin, winning all counties in the district. She faces Democrat Aaron Woolf, who himself comes from Brooklyn, in the general election. Doheny remains in the race in the general by way of the Independence Party line, a party widely suspected of being corrupt. Matt Funicello is running for the Greens.NY-22 GOP: Richard Hanna v. Claudia Tenney
This district has long been one of the last bastions of Rockefeller Republicanism in New York State, and Richard Hanna is no exception. Despite the backing of Tea Party activists, Hanna easily turned away Michael Kicinski's challenge in 2012. This year, conservatives rallied around a much stronger candidate in Claudia Tenney, a member of the New York State Assembly.
Hanna nonetheless defeated Tenney 52–47 last night. He is unopposed in the general election.Others of lesser note
- Incumbent NYC Democrats Nydia Velazquez, Jose Serrano and Gregory Meeks easily turned away primary challenges with 80% of the vote
- In NY-19, where Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney are vying for the seat Hayworth represented from 2011–12 and Maloney has represented since 2013, the Independence Party primary helped serve as a bellwether. Hayworth won the primary 53-47.
Source: New York State Board of Elections unofficial resultshttp://nyenr.elections.state.ny.us/home.aspx