Metzger takes primary race

In the race for the State Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator John Bonacic, Democratic voters chose Rosendale Town Council Member Jen Metzger over alternative energy activist Pramilla Malick.  Malick has gained a reputation as a tireless fighter against the Minisink Compressor Station and the Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Orange County, but some people labeled her a one-issue candidate, and that didn’t help her at the polls.

Across the district, Metzger garnered 9,883 votes as opposed to 6,336 for Malick. In Sullivan County Metzger received 2,270 against Malick’s 1,286.

Metzger issued a statement saying, “I am thankful for, and humbled by, the incredible outpouring of support I've received in this campaign and the faith people are placing in me. We have built a network of over 600 volunteers, knocked on hundreds of doors and met thousands of voters. And we are just getting started."

"Democrats have an 8,000 enrollment advantage in the district, and this campaign has the support, enthusiasm, and momentum needed to win in November,” said Kelleigh McKenzie, Metzger’s campaign manager.

Metzger will face off against Republican Annie Rabbitt, who is currently the Orangee County Clerk, and a former Assemblywoman.

In other races, Governor Andrew Cuomo swamped his competitor, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, with Cuomo garnering some 65% of the vote as opposed to Nixon’s 34%.  He did it by pretty much ignoring Nixon and instead running against President Donald Trump. He also outspent his opponent by pouring more than $21 million into his campaign in 2018, whereas Nixon spent about $2 million during the same time period.

Elsewhere, six of the eight members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) were defeated by more progressive opponents. The IDC was that group of eight Democratic Senators who lined up and voted with Republicans for the last seven years, effectively giving Republicans control of the Senate.  The IDC was dissolved in April but that did not dissuade voters from voting them out.  

Most visibly the IDC leader, Jeff Klein, was defeated by Alessandra Biaggi, a 32-year-old lawyer who has worked for Hillary Clinton and Cuomo.  In her victory remarks Biaggi said she won because of voters “who knew that we could not tolerate Democrats who would be empowering Republicans, that that was intolerable.” That district includes part of the Bronx and a small piece of Westchester County.

The four-way race to become the next attorney general gained national attention because of the ability of that office to investigate the business activities of President Donald Trump.  The winner was the candidate Cuomo had endorsed, Letitia James, a New York City Public Advocate. James received about 38% of the vote statewide, while law professor Zephyr Teachout received 29%, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney received about 23% and attorney Leecia Eve received about 3%.  James also ran against President Trump, saying, “This campaign was never really about me or any of the candidates who ran. It was about the people, but mostly it was about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights.”


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