Yvette Clarke, Nicole Malliotakis among newly declared primary winners

Clarke Malliotakis
Posted at 8:46 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 15:27:44-04

NEW YORK — A couple of House races that didn't look particularly close on Election Day have officially seen winners declared 8 days later.

The Associated Press has called Yvette Clarke the winner of the Democratic Primary in New York's 9th District, currently holding 62.3% of the vote. This means Clarke is favored to win an 8th term to the House of Representatives, as she'll face Republican Constantine Jean-Pierre in November.

Clarke's margin of victory might be surprising considering she ran against four opponents after running a close primary in 2018. Adam Bunkeddeko, who garnered 47% of the Democratic vote two years ago, finished a distant 2nd place with just 17.9% of votes this time. Councilman Chaim Deutsch came in 3rd with 9.4% of the vote.

First elected in 2006, Clarke won the general election in 2018 with 89% of the vote.

In the 10th District, incumbent and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler has also been declared a winner, currently holding 62.2% of the vote. That's well ahead of 2nd place Lindsey Boylan, who holds 25.3%. Nadler would appear to be a favorite to win a 15th term in Congress in November, as he won his last general election with 82% of the vote.

On the Republican side, State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has finally been declared winner of the Republican Primary to face Rep. Max Rose in New York's 11th District. Malliotakis, who finished a distant 2nd in the New York City mayoral race in 2017, wins her race with 70.4% of the vote over Joseph Caldarera.

Malliotakis and Rose declared rhetorical war on one another the night of the primaries, however, with Rose welcoming Malliotakis to the race in a press release calling her a "fraud who represents everything we hate about our politics." Malliotakis responded in a press release of her own, saying Rose "has turned his back on the promises he made and the beliefs of the majority of his constituents."

According to the AP, these calls were made because "thousands of votes cast by mail in the primary that concluded June 23 have yet to be counted, but an AP analysis of absentee ballots returned so far indicated that [they] held leads after in-person voting that were too large for their opponents to overcome."