Harlem’s Adriano Espaillat Defends Harlem Congressional Seat In Democratic Primary

Incumbent Democrat Adriano Espaillat secured the party’s nomination for his reelection to Congress by fending off two primary challengers Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Espaillat secured enough votes on election day for the AP to make a call in the primary for New York’s 13th Congressional District, which represents most of Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and parts of the Bronx.

With about 74 percent of the in-person vote counted by the end of Tuesday night, Espaillat held a comfortable 58 percent of the vote.

With about 74 percent of the in-person vote counted by the end of Tuesday night, Espaillat held a comfortable 58 percent of the vote. Challengers James Felton Keith and Ramon Rodriguez held about 28 and 14 percent respectively, according to unofficial results from the city Board of Elections.

New Yorkers took to the polls Tuesday amid a global pandemic to vote in primary elections for the presidential nomination and local representatives for the U.S. Congress and the New York State Senate and State Assembly. Voters ran into a number of issues trying to cast their ballots in person on Tuesday. Snaking lines, broken scanners and missing absentee ballots made it hard for the city’s residents to have their votes counted reports Patch.

Most New York races were not called on Tuesday. It could take days for the Board of Elections to count up to 700,000 absentee ballots citywide. New Yorkers requested the ballots as the new coronavirus crisis kept them at home. More than 56,000 absentee ballots were sent to voters in New York’s 13th District.

An executive order passed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered all state residents the ability to vote by absentee ballot and extended the deadline for absentee voting to election day.

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