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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
Retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman (D) endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D) on Tuesday in her competitive primary in the 6th district.
“Grace is without question the most qualified candidate in this race,” he said in a statement released by her campaign.
Meng, backed by Queens Democratic Party Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley and the local political establishment, faces a surprisingly tough race against ambitious state Assemblyman Rory Lancman. He has the backing of a number of local unions.
Also in the primary in the safe Democratic district: New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D), the cousin of the Congressman.
The Queens County Democratic Organization endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the open Queens-based 6th district seat Monday.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D) will challenge Meng in a primary in the strongly Democratic district. Full story