State Assemblywoman Grace Meng won the Democratic primary in the open 6th district tonight.
She was strongly backed by Rep. Joe Crowley, chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party. His power and prestige in the district will be boosted from this victory, which he worked hard to make sure happened.
Meng, backed by most establishment political figures, including retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman, beat state Assemblyman Rory Lancman and New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the Congressman’s cousin.
With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Meng had 53 percent to Lancman’s 28 percent and Crowley’s 15 percent.
The Queens-based district is safely Democratic, and if, as expected, Meng takes the oath of office in 2013, she will become the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York. Full story