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Rep. Velazquez wins in a rout

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan) defeated a primary challenger Tuesday by a wide margin, putting herself on the path to a 12th term in Congress.

Velazquez beat Jeff Kurzon by what appeared to be more than a 60-point margin early Wednesday, according to media reports. With most but not all of the votes fully counted, she was leading Kurzon 82 to 18 percent, according to NY1.

Velazquez represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as, in Queens, Woodhaven, Ridgewood and much of Ozone Park.

In November she will face Republican challenger Jose Luis Fernandez and Conservative candidate Allan Romaguera.

Velazquez is the Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Financial Services Committee.

In 1992 she became the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the House, and in 2006, she was named chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Latina to chair a full congressional committee.

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