New York voters will head to the polls on Tuesday as Democrats and Republicans compete in primaries that will determine who will be on the congressional ballot in November’s general election.
The primaries come as the state redraws district lines after the 2010 census, which saw New York lose two House seats (the 9th and 22nd District) because its population lagged behind that of other states.
The two biggest races to watch today feature challengers to long-time House Democrat Charlie Rangel and popular Democratic Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who filled Hillary Clinton’s vacated Senate seat in 2009. Tuesday’s primaries will determine who will be on the ballot against these candidates in November.
Polls are open until 9 p.m.
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8 pm: New York 8th Race Between Jeffries and Barron Reveals Generational Conflict:
In his masterpiece Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev explores the unbridgeable divide between a traditional generation and the uncompromising radicalism of its younger counterpart in nineteenth century Russia. The Democratic primary race for NY’s 8th congressional district, held today in Manhattan and Brooklyn, exhibits just the reverse: Hakeem Jeffries, a young politician who seeks consensus, versus Charles Barron the former Black Panther activist. As City University of New York’s Kyle Thomas McGovern writes in his excellent summary, the race is “nothing short of a generational battle.” But in fact, the race for New York’s 8th captures the conflict within the millennial generation itself: should we adopt traditional language and strategies in pursuit of change, or reject them and forge something entirely new?
The thrust of news coverage on the Jeffries-Barron race has focused on their diverging positions on Israel and Iran. Jeffries has espoused a normative position on the Israeli-American alliance, while Barron has drawn ire from a range of politicians and periodicals (my synagogue’s weekly handout included) for likening the siege of Gaza to Nazi concentration camps. The candidates differ on other issues as well, most notably on gay marriage (Jeffries for, Barron against.) But as McGovern shows, they agree on a lot too, most importantly on
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