Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is projected to prevail in a rare incumbent-vs-incumbent Democratic primary race to represent New York's 12th Congressional District, defeating fellow Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).
Legacy outlets NBC, CBS and CNN called the race before 9:35 p.m. local time.
He was forced to face Maloney due to a court-mandated redistricting process in New York State that put his home base on the west side of Manhattan together with Maloney’s on the east side. Neither of the lawmakers were willing to run in another part of the city.
Friends for many years, the two Democrats lamented having to run against each other. Maloney said at a recent debate that she didn't want to run against Nadler, who she called a friend and ally "for years."
'Unfortunately, we were drawn into the same district," she said.
In his victory speech, Nadler said he and Maloney “have spent much of our adult lives working together to better both New York and our nation."
"I speak for everyone in this room tonight when I thank her for her decades of service to our city," he said.
Nadler also defeated Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old attorney and former Obama staffer who has now failed to advance out of a Democratic congressional primary in three straight tries.
Nadler, 75, currently chairs the House Judiciary Committee. In that position, he led both of the Democrats' impeachment efforts against former President Donald Trump.
He received campaign endorsements from The New York Times and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in the weeks leading up to the primary.
Few Policy DifferencesNadler, Maloney, and Patel had few policy differences; all support access to abortion, the Green New Deal, and tighter restrictions on gun ownership.
Patel argued that New York needed new representation after Nadler’s and Maloney’s generation failed to achieve Democratic goals like codifying Roe v. Wade. But Nadler and Maloney asserted that their seniority in Congress brings clout that benefits New Yorkers.
Maloney said that as a woman, she would fight harder than Nadler to ensure access to abortion.
The primary winner will face Republican Michael Zumbluskas in the Nov. 8 general election.The Associated Press contributed to this report