Polls have officially closed across the five boroughs Tuesday for the second of two primaries this summer. While the June 28th primary asked voters to decide their party’s nominees for the gubernatorial and State Assembly races, this one will decide nominees for State Senate and congressional posts.
Gothamist hit the streets today to hear from voters and will have live updates throughout the day.
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Live Primary Election Results
10:23 p.m. - New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka addressed the crowd at Yuh-Line Niou's election night party in Brooklyn, saying, "We have closed the gap massively," as results trickled in for the 10th Congressional District. Nnaemeka said that with more election night votes to come, along with absentee ballots, Niou would wait to speak until more concrete results came in.
9:38 p.m. - Rep. Jerrold Nadler won re-election in a tense primary against fellow House colleague Rep. Carolyn Maloney for the newly drawn 12th congressional seat covering Manhattan, according to the Associated Press.
Unofficial results show Nadler, a progressive stalwart who was elected to Congress in 1992, with 55.69 % of the vote over Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel.
Meantime, votes are still being tallied in the race for the 10th congressional district. The energy at the election party for Yuh-Line Niou, a candidate in the race, remains high, with people chatting and remaining cautiously optimistic.
9 p.m. - Polls have closed and election night parties have kicked off across the city as New Yorkers wait to see some results.
8:50 p.m. - With less than an hour before polls close, supporters for candidates across New York City made their way to their respective election night parties as they waited for results.
It’s a sparse crowd so far at Dan Goldman’s election night party but there’s an open bar and plenty of sliders to go around. The event is being held at Torch and Crown, a brewery in the West Village. Goldman is awaiting election results at an undisclosed “war room” that is minutes away, according to Simone Kanter, the campaign spokesperson. He’s expected to arrive and address supporters shortly after the race is called.
Others slated to speak are Jackie Rowe-Adams, a gun violence activist, and Brooklyn Assemblymember Robert Carroll. Both have endorsed Goldman.Carroll has been out campaigning with Goldman for weeks in Brooklyn. He chose to back the former Trump prosecutor over two of his fellow lawmakers in the state assembly, Yuh-Line Niou and Jo Anne Simon.
“He’s the right person to represent the 10th congressional because I know he’s the right person to push back against some of the most pernicious actions of the Republican Party, as they tried to dismantle our dismal democracy nationally,” Carroll told Gothamist. As his rivals have caustically pointed out, Goldman has poured at least $4 million of his own money into the race.
Asked about the criticism that his candidate was buying the office, Carroll said, “There are lots of different ways that campaigns get out their message.”
He said he had gone out with lots of volunteers and that Goldman had also benefited from media coverage. But he also conceded: “And of course …money is helpful as well.”
8:15 p.m. - Supporters for U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, running in the 12th Congressional District, were just starting to trickle into his election night party at Arte Café, an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, just around the corner from the congressman's and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s separate campaign headquarters.
Nadler is set to deliver his victory or concession speech on a covered deck in the back of the restaurant. There are also three TVs in a separate bar area, where attendees can watch the results come in live on NY1 – or perhaps watch the big Yankees-Mets baseball game instead, if they so choose.
Just after 8 p.m., guests were arriving for Maloney’s primary night party in Chelsea, where news coverage of the competitive congressional race was the loudest noise in the room. It's a small space on the fourth floor of a condo building near the Fashion Institute of Technology, and fashion magazine pages were plastered to the wall.
So were a handful of campaign signs, touting Maloney as a “trailblazer” and a “progressive champion” endorsed by Planned Parenthood.
The race was expected to be a nail-biter, as two longtime congressional colleagues run against each other in a district rejiggered by redistricting. Plus, they’re both up against Suraj Patel, who has campaigned as a younger candidate with fresh ideas and a new vision for Manhattan voters.
Over on Houston Street and Avenue A, the party for Carlina Rivera — running in the 10th Congressional District — was off to a slow start as of 8 p.m., as the candidate and her supporters, including Rep. Nydia Velázquez, spent the final hour of voting at a nearby polling station on Avenue D.
Inside the quiet bar, a small team of campaign operatives tried to locate a missing banner, while voicing a tempered optimism about the results.
“I can see anything happening in a low turnout election,” said Alyssa Cass, a spokesperson for the campaign. “But we came into the Election Day feeling good and are seeing what we need today to achieve our path to victory.”
That path, Cass said, relied on a strong showing in Sunset Park and pockets of Brownstone Brooklyn, in addition to Rivera’s base on the Lower East Side, her lifelong neighborhood.
A few minutes later, a couple dressed in shirts bearing the name of rival candidate Yuh-Line Niou scanned the menu at Boulton & Watt, only to learn the bar was hosting Rivera’s watch party.
“I guess we won’t be dining here then,” the man said. The couple declined to share their names, conceding they knew Rivera personally and didn’t want any hard feelings.
8 p.m. - U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler is 75 years old and has been in Congress since 1992, longer than high schoolers have been alive.
But, somewhat improbably, he’s been a hit with the kids – or at least one group of teenagers meandering near the 72nd Street and Broadway subway station.
Nadler was handing out campaign literature near the station entrance when a group of four teens spotted the congressman and excitedly rushed him for a photo.
“That’s Jerry Nadler!” one shouted.
A campaign worker asked them where they go to school. “John Jay,” one said. “Stuyvesant,” said another.
“You know who went to Stuyvesant?” the worker asked before pointing in Nadler’s direction, eliciting a “No way!” from the teen.
Nadler was joined at the station by Councilmember Gale Brewer, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who is facing a primary race of his own today.
The reception on the south side of the station was far more positive than what Nadler received on the north side, when a man shouting “baby killer” and multiple gay slurs forced the politicians to relocate to the other side.
Nadler, meanwhile, will await the results of his race against Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Suraj Patel and Ashmi Sheth at an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side.
7 p.m. - With polls open for another few hours, candidates in key congressional races launched several last-minute get-out-the-vote stops in hopes of luring voters to the polls.
On the Upper West Side, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who's vying for the 12th Congressional District seat, stumped for votes with young supporters outside the 72nd Street subway station on the 1, 2 and 3 lines.
On the Lower East Side, supporters for Manhattan Councilmember Carlina Rivera, a candidate in the crowded 10th Congressional District race, helped canvass while going on a joyride.
Dan Goldman, the ex-prosecutor also running in the 10th Congressional District, also hit the campaign trail hours after voting with his family, thanking supporters in Manhattan's Chinatown.
4 p.m. - So far, New York City voter turnout appears to be slightly better than it was for New York’s June 28th primary, though that could change as the day continues.
As of 3 p.m., the city Board of Elections reported 184,536 voters had cast an in-person ballot in the five boroughs – an increase of about 44,000 since its last update at noon.
There are 2.3 million voters citywide that are eligible to cast a ballot in today’s primaries, according to the BOE. That means voter turnout was about 8% as of 3 p.m. (not counting absentee ballots).
Compare that to the June 28th primary, when the statewide contests meant about 4 million people were eligible to vote in New York City.
By 3 p.m. on the day of the June primary, 279,622 voters had cast a ballot in New York City. That worked out to about 7% turnout by that point.
The split primary elections, caused by the state’s botched redistricting process earlier this year, were quite different in scale. In June, voters were asked to weigh in on statewide races – including Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries – along with state Assembly primaries. Today, voters are deciding only congressional and state Senate primaries.
That leaves some parts of the city without a primary election today, hence the smaller number of total eligible voters.
2:30 p.m. - Incumbent State Sen. Gustavo Rivera’s campaign accused challenger Miguelina Camilo’s campaign of electioneering at several poll sites throughout the north Bronx district Tuesday.
In a press release, the campaign said it received reports that a campaign worker in a Camilo T-shirt was spotted inside a polling site, that a Board of Elections worker made a disparaging remark about Rivera to a voter, and that a poll site worker told a voter to be nice to Miguelina’s supporters.
The contentious race in the state Senate race has pitted Rivera, who has the support of progressive groups and several unions, against Camilo, a former Board of Elections worker who has the backing of the Bronx Democratic Party.
In a written statement, Camilo said the Rivera campaign's press release was "bogus."
"It is unfortunate that my opponent is so intent on smearing my name and our campaign until the very end," Camilo said. "We have been at the same sites, at almost all the same times throughout the day, without incident. It is election day, our final day to connect with voters and make sure that the best person for District 33 is elected. It is not a day for bogus press releases."
The city’s Board of Elections and the New York Attorney General’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment.
1:45 p.m. - Over 140,000 New York City voters have turned out at the polls for state and congressional primaries as of midday Tuesday, according to the city Board of Elections.
Given that 76,000 votes came from nine days of early voting, that means roughly 64,000 votes came from this morning alone. Manhattan led turnout with 63,000 voters, followed by Brooklyn with nearly 46,000 and Staten Island at 11,000.
John Mollenkopf, who directs CUNY's Center for Urban Research and analyzes voter data, said that based on those numbers, the total number of voters for this primary could be around 210,000.
“That would be one of the lowest turnouts for a Democratic primary that we’ve ever seen,” he told Gothamist.
The abysmal turnout so far was unsurprising given the timing of the late August primary, when many New Yorkers are typically away, and the fact that only a few districts have competitive races, Mollenkopf said. Super PACs have attempted to offset some of the low voter turnout, spending big money on marketing and advertising on these races ahead of the primary.
Two of the most heated and high-profile races have been in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District, which covers Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, and the 12th Congressional District, which covers the East and West Sides of Manhattan.
As of February, New York City has 4.6 million active registered voters, according to the state Board of Elections.
12:40 p.m. - Do endorsements really matter? For some voters in the 12th District, they were decisive.
Leslie Gold said The New York Times’ endorsement of Jerry Nadler helped her parse out the differences between the longtime representative and his longtime colleague Carolyn Maloney in the newly drawn district. And while newcomer Suraj Patel campaigned on the promise of new ideas and energy, Gold said she valued Nadler’s seniority.
“I want a powerful person who has sway representing my district,” she said outside the Robert Wagner Middle School on Tuesday, noting Nadler’s chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee — a role that gave him star power during the Trump impeachment proceedings.
“I didn’t know how to distinguish them and I think the Times endorsement was important to me because it really laid out the ways that they’re different,” Gold said. “I would love to vote for someone younger. I know Suraj Patel is also in the primary but it’s a double-edged sword because he has no experience."
Gold’s neighbor, Michelle Bornstein, said she also leaned on the Times endorsement, as well as that of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in helping her decide to vote for Nadler.
“It helped a little bit to be honest, because we’d sort of been back and forth about this for a long time,” Bornstein said, adding she and her daughter read the Times endorsement together.
“I was actually in the Maloney camp for a long time and my daughter was in the Nadler camp,” she said. “With a local candidate — number one — I want to know they’re invested in this city and they’re not here as a stepping stone for a bigger office somewhere else.”
11:30 a.m. - Voters trickled into a polling site in the Park Slope armory in the heart of brownstone Brooklyn throughout the morning, with some agonizing over which candidate to select in the crowded, wide-open race for the 10th Congressional District.
“They all sound good to me so it was a little tricky,” said Tyler Robinson, 30, though he ended up picking Rep. Mondaire Jones, who currently represents another district, after he learned of endorsements by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Others mentioned being swayed to Manhattan Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou by an endorsement from the Working Families Party, and to Manhattan Councilmember Carlina Rivera by the New York League of Conservation Voters.
Sabine Horner, 40, said her motivation at the polls was decided less by who she wanted to win and more by who she didn’t want to.
“I really don’t want Dan Goldman and that made it a hard choice for me,” said Horner, who cited a recent Emerson College poll that put Niou ahead of other progressive candidates in the race. “I had to vote for the person that I think is most likely to beat him rather than the person I’m most emotionally in favor of.”
Though she said she worried that her strategy might backfire.
“We’ll see, but I think they’ve all split the vote now and we’ll end up with Dan,” she said.
10 a.m. - New Yorkers offered their thoughts on who they thought would best represent them in Congress during a segment on The Brian Lehrer Show, Tuesday.
For the newly-formed 12th Congressional District elections, Rita — a Latina and immigrant voter living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, says her vote is going to Dan Goldman — despite living in Carlina Rivera’s Council district.
“I am voting for Goldman. I know Trump falsely endorsed Goldman, but he was trying to use, I think, reverse psychology,” referring to the former president. “Because Trump is afraid of Goldman being in D.C. and the way he can deal with right-wing Republican agendas.”
Assemblymember Emily Gallagher from Brooklyn called in to endorse Kristen Gonzalez for the 59th State Senate District elections in Queens. Gonzalez is vying for the open seat against Elizabeth Crowley, a former City Council member.
“I’ve been really impressed by how she’s shown up in our communities. It’s just so important to have someone who is really standing on values when we are going to Albany. And her values for tenants' rights and environmentalism, all these things are big fights in Albany, and we really need strong progressive voices there,” Gallagher said.
9:45 a.m. The Brooklyn Democratic Party blasted out two erroneous emails to thousands of voters Monday night that said any registered voter could participate in the primary election. The second version was labeled a “correction” but still contained incorrect language that read "all registered voters can and should vote!”
Only registered voters who are members of a party with a primary may vote in these elections. The primaries on Tuesday are to select state Senate and congressional nominees and there are not contests in every part of the city, particularly in Brooklyn.
For example, for voters in the 20th Senate District, which includes parts of Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Prospect Heights, the incumbent, Zellnor Myrie, does not face a primary challenge.
However, portions of the state Senate district are in two different congressional districts. Voters in the 10th Congressional District have a crowded congressional primary, while voters in the 9th Congressional District, represented by incumbent Rep. Yvette Clarke, do not.
“I’ve had some very challenging conversations with constituents trying to explain why, in the middle of August, their friends and neighbors are voting and they are not. People who vote religiously have reached out asking why they can’t this time around and, in short, the confusion has abounded.” Myrie told Gothamist.
His office sent out its own message urging voters who had a primary to turn out, but making clear that not every voter in the district had a contest to vote in on Tuesday.
“We thought it was important to make clear that while there may be races happening all across the city and state, and even in their own neighborhoods, it’s important to check before leaving your house whether your election district has a race at all. It’s messy, it’s confusing, but it’s our democracy and we have a duty to inform voters accurately,” Myrie added.
To find your poll site and see whether there are primary contests where you live, visit findmypollsite.vote.nyc.
A spokesperson for the Kings County Democrats, the formal name of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The party organization has been subject of a series of reports from the online news site The City scrutinizing its leadership and operations, most recently related to the assignment of poll worker positions in the borough.
8:45 a.m. - A congressional primary in the newly drawn 12th Congressional District pitting two longtime incumbents against each other has drawn few voters so far this morning. But some of those who showed up at the Robert Wagner Middle School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan Tuesday morning expressed a strong desire for new blood.
Caroline Wallace showed up to the usually bustling polling site around 7:30 a.m. with her young son. She said she generally liked all candidates on the ballot, all of whom are ideologically similar — Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, two political stalwarts who have spent decades in Congress, and upstart challenger Suraj Patel. Regardless of who wins, the city will lose a senior member of Congress after New York's chaotic redistricting process.
Wallace is going for Patel.
“I think that there is a real need for new blood for our representatives in Congress,” she said. “We have some great Democrats who have been there a really long time and I think it’s time for slightly fresher, new ideas to come in.”
Wallace, who said her top issues are the environment, services for homeless people, and reproductive rights, said she liked Nadler but thought Patel could give a “fresh energy” to issues she cares about.
“There’s a feeling of staleness in the Democratic Party in Congress, and I like a new person coming in to push the agenda forward,” she said.
As Wallace spoke, few people shuffled in and out of the doors at 75th Street. Minutes went by between voters entering or exiting the building. Wallace estimated she'd seen five voters in there when she cast her ballot.
Traffic was similarly slow when Katherine Dibra walked up to the polls. Dibra likewise expressed her desire for a changing of the guard.
“I just think we have people who have been in there too long,” said Dibra, who also decided to vote for Patel. “I don’t think there’s a good candidate or a bad candidate in here. It’s just unfortunate we’re losing a seat."
7:12 a.m. - Early risers in Manhattan's Lower East Side hit their poll site to cast a ballot on a so-far quiet Primary Day. Mary Magdalene Serra, a teacher who lives on the Manhattan side of the 10th Congressional District, said she voted for Rep. Mondaire Jones, who is among 12 candidates vying for the seat.
She said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's endorsement of Jones helped make her decision. She found that Jones' personal story — he is the first gay Black man to represent the 17th Congressional District — appealed to her. She also supports Jones' largely progressive agenda, which includes greater abortion protections on the federal level.
Serra said her father's encouragement compelled her to come out and vote to exercise her civic duty.
"As my darling dad said, 'You want a democracy? You fight every single day,'" said Serra, who added that she believes the polls will grow more crowded as the day progresses.
Serra was only the second voter of the day. Leonard Dauber, who was up at 5 a.m., was the first. He voted for Manhattan Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. He said he had no hesitation voting for Niou, given her experience in the Assembly.
Anita Kennedy, a poll worker, said there is a shortage of poll workers.
"Some people said that they've been telling the [Board of Elections] since June or July that they couldn't work, but they still ended up on the list," Kennedy said, adding that they're down six out of 25 poll workers.
She advises voters to "come early."
Polls are officially open across the five boroughs Tuesday for the second of two primaries this summer. While the June 28th primary asked voters to decide their party’s nominees for the gubernatorial and State Assembly races, this one will decide nominees for State Senate and congressional posts.
Listen to WNYC's Senior Political Reporter Brigid Bergin breakdown of some key races:
The second primary came as a result of a chaotic state-level redistricting process that resulted in a judge ordering two primary contests after ruling Democrats illegally drew the legislative and congressional maps. The extra time was required for a court-appointed mapmaker to reconfigure the State Senate and congressional lines.
BE PREPARED IN THE VOTING BOOTH
- You can find your assigned poll site and sample ballot here.
- Here’s a who’s who on the ballot for state Senate and congressional races.
- Check out Gothamist’s voting guide for state Senate and two key congressional races.
- If you get an absentee ballot, but change your mind and decide to vote in person, you can only do so using an affidavit ballot.
While not every district has a primary this year (check here to find out if yours has one), the redrawn maps have resulted in two hotly contested races in New York City, primarily for seats in the newly redrawn 10th and 12th Congressional Districts.
The 10th Congressional District — which covers all of lower Manhattan and some western sections of Brooklyn — has 12 candidates vying for the seat (former Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the ballot but dropped out). Top candidates include ex-prosecutor Daniel Goldman, Manhattan Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, Manhattan Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Hudson Valley Rep. Mondaire Jones, and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (a full list of the candidates and their bios can be found here).
The candidates largely share the same progressive values, but hold divergent views on bail reform, congestion pricing, and student loan debt.
In the 12th District, the redrawn maps resulted in two political heavyweights — Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats — to vie for the same seat that will exclusively cover Manhattan, from Stuyvesant Town all the way up to the Upper West Side. Suraj Patel, an attorney who has challenged Maloney twice before, is also seeking the seat, framing his candidacy as one that would bring fresh ideas to Washington, D.C. Maloney and Nadler have been in office since the 1990s. Regardless of the outcome, the contests will result in New York losing a senior member of Congress, which comes with political cachet.
There are also races for State Senate seats, with Sen. Gustavo Rivera looking to fend off a challenge against Miguelina Camilo, a first-time candidate backed by the Bronx Democratic Party. In Brooklyn, State Sen. Kevin Parker faces a challenge from David Alexis, a democratic socialist backed by the Working Families Party and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Kaegan Mays-Williams is also running in the district.
The races have drawn the attention of super PACs in support of Camilo and Parker, two moderates squaring off against progressives.
Early voting turnout was lower than the June 28th primary, when voters cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, and other races. Figures from the city Board of Elections show 76,335 people cast in-person ballots during the nine days of early voting. This compares to 86,890 people who visited a poll site during early voting for the June 28th primary. But, the figure can be seen as positive since not every State Senate or congressional district has a primary on the ballot.
If you’re experiencing any issues at the polls, you can report them here to the state Attorney General’s Office or by calling 866-390-2992.
You can also tell us about your experience — send us an email at email@example.com with the subject line: 8.23 PRIMARY DAY.
Enrico Denard contributed reporting.
Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Tyler Robinson's name.