It was a bad night for incumbents, as two of the three biggest primary races in the city went to upstart challengers Tuesday evening.
Carmen De La Rosa knocked off incumbent Guillermo Linares in the 72nd Assembly District, which represents Washington Heights and Inwood, in dominating fashion was a hotly contested race.
Meanwhile, in another one of the most competitive races in the city, Marisol Alcantara won the primary for the State Senate’s 31st District. She defeated rivals Micah Lasher and Robert Jackson by just a few hundred votes.
“Because of you, there will once again be a Latina in the New York Senate chamber,” Alcantara told her cheering supporters.
It was also a good night for State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez — and neither of them was even in a race. Espaillat, who vacated his 31st District post after claiming victory in June’s U.S. Congressional Democratic primary, had handpicked Alcantara as his successor. Rodriguez endorsed his former Chief of Staff De La Rosa in a district race she dominated. He also had endorsed Alcantara.
All three women — Alcantara, and De La Rosa — are expected to win easily in the Nov. 8 general election.
This article was written with almost all the precincts reporting as of 1 a.m..