NEW YORK — New Yorkers made their primary election picks for Congress, president and other offices Tuesday following campaigns in which candidates largely had to connect with voters online amid a pandemic.
There was a major shakeup to the status quo for parts of the Bronx and Westchester. Newcomer Jamaal Bowman scooped up nearly 61% of the vote in the 16th congressional district, nearly double the votes for incumbent candidate Eliot Engel, in office for over 20 years.
There were some clear winners overnight. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easily won her first primary as an incumbent U.S. Congresswoman for the 14th district. The Associated Press has called her race with her holding 73% of the vote in her district, over 50 points ahead of her closest challenger, former CNBC host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Another big winner was former Vice President Joe Biden who, as expected, easily won the Democratic Presidential Primary in the Empire State.
Voters reported scattered problems about incomplete ballots and poll sites opening late, and there were several reports of exceedingly long lines in Westchester County even as polls closed.
With the state allowing anyone to vote by absentee ballot rather than risk getting exposed to the coronavirus at a polling location, the process of collecting and counting votes will be different this year.
According to elections officials, about 1.8 million people requested absentee ballots by mid-June and had until Tuesday to postmark them.