New York State held Congressional primary elections for its 27 House seats last Tuesday. This year’s midterm elections have received considerable attention, which has led to highly observed and competitive primary elections nationwide. New York had several tough primary battles in races with and without incumbents. The most significant primary results are below.
Incumbent Congressman Dan Donovan won the Republican primary in the 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. Rep. Donovan faced a difficult primary challenge from former Congressman Michael Grimm, with several polls indicating a very close race heading into Election Day. Rep. Donovan has been a staunch ally of GNYHA in the 115th Congress, including opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act and tax reform provisions that were detrimental to New York. GNYHA committed significant resources through our independent expenditure committee, New Yorkers for Excellent Health Care, to support Rep. Donovan’s re-election. GNYHA congratulates Rep. Donovan on his successful primary campaign. He will face Democrat Max Rose in the general election this November.
The Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District made national headlines as Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-highest-ranking member of House Democratic Leadership, was defeated by 28-year old community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Crowley was the prime sponsor of all of the major graduate medical education legislation GNYHA has put forward in recent years. GNYHA will miss his voice in Congress and his seat on the House Ways & Means Committee.
Reps. Crowley and Donovan were not the only established lawmakers to face primary challenges. While both Democratic Reps. Yvette Clarke and Carolyn Maloney prevailed in tough campaigns, their competitors each received more than 40% of the vote.
GNYHA also congratulates State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle on his victory in the crowded Democratic primary for the 25th District, which the late Democrat Louise Slaughter occupied until earlier this year. Assembly Member Morelle is a longtime supporter of health care issues of importance to GNYHA and its members. He will face Republican Jim Maxwell, MD, in November.
Multiple Republican members of the New York delegation will face highly competitive general election campaigns from Democratic challengers this November. Rep. John Faso (R-NY) will be challenged by attorney Antonio Delgado, who prevailed in a field of extremely strong candidates in his primary. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) will be challenged by Democratic Assembly Member Anthony Brindisi.