Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries defeated Councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District last night, setting the stage for a general election battle against Republican businessman Alan Bellone and third party candidates in November.

Jeffries supporters outnumbered Barron supporters at the polls by a wide margin, with the victor racking up 25,712 (71.9 percent) votes to Barron’s 10,063 (28.1 percent), according to the New York Times. It was one of the most well-attended elections in New York State last night, with more than 35,000 voters turning out  - putting it neck-and-neck with the much more widely promoted primary for Charles Rangel’s seat.

Meanwhile, Congressman Bob Turner, who currently represents Sheepshead Bay, may be out of a job come January. His district is being eliminated, and last night he lost his bid for the Republican nomination to take on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Turner received 35.6 percent of the vote, losing out to Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long, who took 50.9 percent.

In the 9th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Yvette Clarke won the party’s nomination to proceed to November’s election, handily defeating upstart Sylvia Kinard, who took in only 11.7 percent of the vote. Clarke will now face off against Republican candidate Daniel Cavanagh.

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  • NSF

    Even is his statement after loss, reported by the Post, Barron showed why this bigot did not deserve to serve in Congress:                                                                                                             “At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, honesty compels me to say there will be no congratulatory statement . . . to the opposition tonight, only because of the way the campaign was run and the things they did to character-assassinate us,” Barron said at an election-night gathering at Sistas Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant.He also called out the media for “really lowlife stuff” and singled out the “white media” as being against him.
    Hast la vista Barron!

  • Tuth

    While I completely disagree with Barron and find his views crazy I respect that he says what he actually means instead following a well rehearsed script like most other politicians.  With that said I am glad that this nut job did not get elected. 

  • BrooklynBus

    I wonder if Turner would have fared better against Jeffries. I really haven’t read anything negative about Turner. I guess he won’t run in November.

    • Tinman

      You’re on the wrong bus. Turner was vying for GOP not for U.S. Senate to face Gillibrand. Jeffries is the DEm candidate for the House. Two different races, two different primaries.

      • BrooklynBus

        No, I’m on the right bus. Turner lost the primary to Wendy Long. He was vying in the Republican primary to face Gillibrand for the US Senate in November. Since he has been in Congress such a short time, Wendy Long was probably more well known to upstate voters than Turner was. Since he had mor exposure downstate I was just saying he might have fared better to face a Republican challenger here to face Jeffries or Barron in November. As it turned out Jeffries beat Barron and will face another Republican in November. I guess Turner could still run against that person if he wants to. I wonder if he would want to run again.

        I think I was clear the first time. I think you better get off at the next stop and take the bus back to the first stop.