Jerry Nadler beat Carolyn Maloney in the NY House Democratic primary

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., Democratic candidate for New York’s 12th Congressional District, campaigns at the 79th St. Greenmarket on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler will defeat fellow Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a vicious House primary that locked longtime New York Democrats in a battle for the heart of Manhattan, NBC News estimates.

The two lawmakers were pitted against each other after a redrawn district map spurred them to compete for a single seat in Congress.

Nadler, 75, and Maloney, 76, have represented adjacent parts of the island for about three decades. Both hold powerful seats in Congress: Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee, while Maloney chairs the House Oversight Committee.

Nadler’s congressional district had included the Upper West Side, while Maloney’s covered much of the eastern half of Manhattan. But their separate districts were merged in May, the result of a messy and highly controversial redistricting process.

Both Nadler and Maloney announced they would run for the newly created 12th Congressional District. Suraj Patel, who has challenged Maloney in two previous primaries, was also on the ballot.

Despite their long history, the primary battle between Nadler and Maloney was anything but neighborly.

“He said, ‘Step aside, I’m running.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m running too. I’m not going,'” Maloney said in a New York Magazine profile of the race. “He said, ‘I’m going to win.’ I said, ‘I’m going to win.’ We haven’t spoken since, she said.

Maloney has also caught on to rumors that Nadler will not serve out his full term if elected, and that he is senile and unfit for office — accusations that Nadler’s campaign has denied.

Nadler has highlighted the differences in their voting records, saying Maloney has been “wrong on very big issues,” including her “cowardly” vote for the Patriot Act, New York Magazine reported. Nadler has also made his Jewish faith a central part of his pitch to voters.

Maloney, meanwhile, has sought to center her experiences as a woman in politics while touting her record on social issues — including abortion, a hot topic in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade. She has been endorsed by the famous lawyer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem.

“You can’t send a man to do a woman’s job,” Maloney said in a recent TV commercial.

Correction: This report has been updated to correctly describe the area of ​​Maloney’s former congressional district.

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