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Saujani Loses, Paladino Wins - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Saujani Loses, Paladino Wins


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Reshma Saujani, a hedge fund lawyer and East Village neighbor, attracted only a small fraction of the Democratic vote last night in her bid to defeat United States Representative Carolyn Maloney.

At the end of a day marked by problems with New York’s new optical scanner voting machines and poll workers, Ms. Maloney took 81 percent of the vote in New York’s 14th Congressional district to Ms. Saujani’s 19 percent.

Ms. Maloney has represented this district for 18 years. In November, she faces Republican candidate, Mr. David R. Brumberg.

The big surprise of the night in New York was the nomination of Carl P. Paladino by Republican voters. Mr. Paladino, a real estate developer from Buffalo, is a political novice who left New York’s Republican Party reeling by defeating former Congressman Rick A. Lazio.

A Tea Party favorite, Mr. Paladino both ruffled feathers and drew support during his campaign with far-right political leanings and rants against Albany. After winning the gubernatorial primary in a late surge, Mr. Paladino will now face Andrew Cuomo, New York’s current Democratic Attorney General who will now have to run a different general election campaign than the one he had planned against Mr. Lazio.

For the highly coveted title of State Attorney General, a neck-to-neck race ensued between Kathleen Rice, a Long Island prosecutor, and Assemblyman Eric Schneiderman of Manhattan. In the end, it appears that Mr. Schneiderman squeaked past Ms. Rice, as well as Richard L. Brodsky, Sean Coffey and Eric Dinallo. Backed by the New York Times, the Albany Times Union and other labor officials, Mr. Schneiderman will soon compete with Republican candidate Dan Donovan, Staten Island’s District Attorney.

Gregory J. Edwards overpowered Thomas V. Ognibene in the competition for Lieutenant Governor, New York’s second highest ranking position. Mr. Edwards, a Republican candidate picked by Mr. Lazio, gained a narrow advantage over Mr. Ognibene who lost against incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the 2005 mayoral election.

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand easily retained her Democratic nomination against a new arrival to the political field, Gail Goode, a lawyer. Having overwhelmed fellow Republicans David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman, former Representative Joseph DioGuardi is poised to challenge Senator Gillibrand in November. The duo will grapple for the remaining two years of a seat won by Hillary Clinton in 2006.

Along with Mr. DioGuardi, businessman Jay Townsend was another Conservative nominee added to the roster. He surpassed ex-CIA agent Gary Berntsen and will now contest Charles E. Schumer, a Senate and Democratic Party leader, for a six-year term in the Senate.

In Harlem, U.S Representative, Democrat Charles Rangel held onto his seat by trampling five other Democrats for the Democratic nomination: Adam Clayton Powell IV, Joyce S. Johnson, Ruben D. Vargas, Jonathan B. Tasini and Vincent Morgan. November’s elections will pit Republican candidate Michel Faulkner against 80-year-old Mr. Rangel, who won the primaries despite numerous House ethics investigations that are hanging over his head.

Keep your red pencils sharp; the general election is just weeks away, on Nov. 2.