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Queenswide: Front runners easily win all primaries

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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:53 am | Updated: 4:42 pm, Thu Jun 28, 2012.

Candidates seen as the front runners in congressional primaries across Queens — whether incumbent lawmakers or party establishment choices — all won their nominations by wide margins Tuesday, according to preliminary results.

In the new 6th Congressional District, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) won a decisive victory in a four-way race for the Democratic nomination, taking 51 percent of the vote, with 89 percent of election precincts reporting their results, according to NY 1. The city Board of Elections did not immediately have its preliminary results available.

Meng took nearly double the votes won by her nearest rival, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who came in at 28 percent, according to the NY1 figures. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) scored 16 percent, and Dr. Robert Mittman, a Bayside physician, won 5 percent.

Meng will face City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Bayside) in November, in a fight for the only congressional district in Queens not seen by almost all political watchers as an absolute lock for the Democrats.

In the new 8th Congressional District, which largely covers sections of Brooklyn but includes Howard Beach, Lindenwood and much of Ozone Park, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) trounced Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), winning nearly three-fourths of the vote, 72 percent to 28 percent, NY1 reported.

In the reconfigured 7th District, which also is mostly in Brooklyn but encompasses Woodhaven and some of Maspeth, incumbent Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens), formerly of the 12th District, won renomination easily. Velazquez scored 58 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for City Councilman Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and 8 percent and 3 percent, respectively, for also-rans Dan O'Connor and George Martinez.

In Southeastern Queens, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) also cruised toward re-election, winning 66 percent of the vote for what will now be the 5th District, beating former Councilman Allan Jennings, with 13 percent, Mike Scala, with 12 percent, and Joseph Marthone, with 10 percent. Those figures were reported by WNYC.

The other House Democrats representing parts of Queens — Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) — did not face primary challengers. Neither did Long Island Rep. Steve Israel (D-Nassau, Suffolk), who now represents the 2nd District but will run for the new 3rd CD, which includes parts of extreme northern and northeastern Queens, from Whitestone to Little Neck. 

Across the aisle, GOP Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn), who won the seat formerly held by Anthony Weiner in a special election, lost his bid to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Turner's 9th CD is being eliminated by the reapportionment following the latest U.S. Census. He took 36 percent of the vote in a race against Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, who won the contest with 51 percent of the vote, and third-place finisher George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, who came in at 13 percent, according to WNYC and NY1.

Primaries for state races will be held in September.

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