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Politics Maloney, Torres declare victory in NY primary races after weeks of delays

07:26  05 august  2020
07:26  05 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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After six weeks of delays , the New York City Board of Elections confirmed results in a pair of congressional races on Tuesday evening, delivering victories to a In New York City , officials were left counting more than 400,000 absentee ballots, more than 10 times the usual number in a primary .

Maloney declared victory in a statement and called on Patel to concede. The outcome of the June 23 primary has still not been finalized more than six weeks after Election Day due to vote A primary race in New York ’s 15th District has also not been called yet, although Democrat Ritchie Torres has

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) and Ritchie Torres have declared victory in their respective New York congressional races after a primary whose results were plagued by six weeks of delays.

a close up of Carolyn Maloney: Maloney, Torres declare victory in NY primary races after weeks of delays © Bonnie Cash Maloney, Torres declare victory in NY primary races after weeks of delays

The New York City Board of Elections on Tuesday declared Maloney the winner of her primary race in the city's 12th Congressional District, and Torres the victor in the 15th Congressional District.

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Maloney announced her victory in a statement after the New York State Board of Elections certified the results from the June 23 primary . The conclusion of the race was delayed more than a month as election officials struggled to count many thousands of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

Delays continue in a race that remains undecided six weeks after a Democratic primary in which Representative Carolyn B. Maloney faced off against a Under Judge Torres ’s decision, ballots received the day after Election Day — June 24 — will be counted “without regard to whether such

The Associated Press, which has yet to call either race, currently has Torres, a New York City councilmember, up 11 points over his nearest opponent, and Maloney just 1.5 percentage points above two-time challenger Suraj Patel, who has yet to concede.

The Washington Post reported that New York State Board of Elections Commissioner and Co-Chair Douglas Kellner issued a memo Tuesday admitting the board had not "deploy[ed] sufficient resources to mail out absentee ballots in a timely manner."

Earlier Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the Elections Board to count more than a thousand absentee ballots that had initially been disqualified, after delays and confusion around postmarking. The Associated Press then began reporting updated vote counts after weeks of unchanging tallies.

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Delays continue in a race that remains undecided six weeks after a Democratic primary in which Representative Carolyn B. Maloney faced off Ms. Maloney ’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday night. Mr. Trump has cited the primary contest in New York

Maloney ’s primary over mail-in ballot snafu. New York Daily News 1 hr ago Chris Sommerfeldt. © Alex Brandon President Donald Trump speaks during a “I think you probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again,” Trump told reporters. “They are six weeks into it now and they

"It's official. We won! It is the honor of a lifetime to be able to serve our community in Washington DC. The counting took longer than expected, but today the @BOENYC certified our victory & I want to say thank you..," Torres tweeted on Tuesday night.

He is the favorite to win against Republican Orlando Molina in his safe blue district, replacing retiring Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), and would become the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latino member of Congress.

Maloney's team said the representative won "with a decisive winning margin after all valid absentee ballots were counted."

The congresswoman said lessons from the primary should be applied to November's races, calling for increased post office funding, election oversight and "an end to measures taken by the President that might impact timely delivery of applications or ballots."

Maloney had called for opponent Patel's concession in a tweet Tuesday morning, but the Post reported that Patel said he would not concede until remaining ballots are counted.

Maloney would square off against Republican Eliot Rabin as she runs for a fifteenth term in Congress in November. In 2018, Maloney defeated Rabin by 74 points.

President Trump seized on the 12th Congressional District race as an example of the "disaster" of mail-in balloting.

"It's a mess. Nobody knows what's happening," President Trump said Monday of Maloney's race.

Nationwide primary elections have caused some concern around a lack of sufficient infrastructure to handle mail-in voting come November's general elections, but experts agree there is no increased risk of voter fraud.

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