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POLLS CLOSED: Results begin to trickle in for congressional, state Senate primary races in Queens

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The polling site at the Jacob Riis Settlement was empty around noon on Aug. 23. (Photo by Adrian Childress)

The second and final primary day of 2022 has ended in New York, with polls closing as of 9 p.m. after voters in Queens and throughout the city decided on their respective party’s candidates for the congressional and state Senate general election.

Queens voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 23, but voter turnout for the primary was reportedly low throughout the day, continuing a trend first seen during the early voting period.

As of 6 p.m. on Aug. 23, the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) reported that Queens had only tallied 17,996 votes, the lowest of any of the five boroughs.

Additionally, Queens voters submitted 2,024 absentee ballots for the Congressional races and 1,616 for the state Senate races, according to figures released by the BOE.

Among the more closely contested races in the borough are the contests for Congressional District 3 and Senate District 59.

As of Wednesday morning, Aug. 24., Robert Zimmerman is leading in the Congressional District 3 primary with 9,482 votes (35.20%), with all scanners reported, according to the state Board of Elections. In Queens, Zimmerman received 42.43% of the votes (2,720 votes).

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Photo courtesy of Robert Zimmerman’s campaign

The seat was previously occupied by Thomas Suozzi, who left to run for governor of New York.

Meanwhile, Long Island City progressive Kristen Gonzalez raced out early in the newly-drawn Senate District 59 contest during the Aug. 23 primary, giving the Democratic Socialists of America another victory against establishment candidates in western Queens. Gonzalez leads with 13,115 votes (58.14%), with 99% of scanners reported as of Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, according to the city’s Board of Elections.

Long Island City’s Kristen Gonzalez cruised past former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. (Photo courtesy of Gonzalez’s campaign)

QNS will keep you updated and will post unofficial primary results released by the city and state Board of Elections after the polls close. Results will not be official until they are certified by the BOE.

Democratic Party

3rd Congressional District

Robert P. Zimmerman leads with 9,482 votes (35.20%), with all scanners reported, according to the state Board of Elections. In Queens, Zimmerman received 42.43% of the votes (2,720 votes).

Jon Kaiman trails with 6,884 votes (25.55%, including 1,439 votes in Queens).

Joshua Alexander Lafazan currently has 5,296 votes (19.66%, including 827 votes in Queens).

Melanie D’Arrigo currently has 4,197 votes (15.58%, including 1,167 votes in Queens).

Reema Rasool currently has 661 votes (2.45%, including 220 votes in Queens.

5th Congressional District

*Rep. Gregory Meeks is running unopposed in the primary and will head straight to the general election to face off against Republican Paul King.

6th Congressional District

*Rep. Grace Meng is unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face off against Thomas Zmich in the general election.

7th Congressional District

Nydia M. Velazquez leads with 21,470 votes (81.83%), with all scanners reported as Wednesday morning, according to the state Board of Elections. In Queens, Velazquez secured 7,345 votes (81.64%).

Paperboy Love Prince (4,006 total votes, including 1,277 in Queens)

14th Congressional District

*Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez will not have a primary challenger and will face a challenger — to be decided after the Republican primary — in the general election.

11th Senatorial District

*Toby Ann Stavisky will not have a primary challenger and will run against Republican Stefano Forte in the general election.

15th Senatorial District

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. leads with 3,865 votes (56.56%), with 98% of scanners reported as of Wednesday morning, according to the city’s Board of Elections.

Albert Baldeo (957 votes, 14%)

Japneet Singh (1,972 votes, 28.86%)

16th Senatorial District

*John Liu will not have a primary challenger and will face Ruben Cruz II in the general election.

59th Senatorial District

Kristen S. Gonzalez leads with 13,115 votes (58.14%), with 99% of scanners reported as of Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, according to the city’s Board of Elections.

Elizabeth S. Crowley (7,333 votes, 32.51%)

Francoise Olivas (252 votes, 1.12%)

Nomiki Konst (351 votes, 1.56%)

Michael D. Corbett (1,461 votes, 6.48%)

Republican Party

14th Congressional District

Tina Forte leads with 1,530 votes (66.58%), with all scanners reported as of Wednesday morning., according to the state Board of Elections. In Queens, Forte secured 604 votes (63.18%).

Desi Joseph Cuellar is trailing with 722 votes (28.84%).

*There are no Republican primaries in the remaining districts as only one candidate is in each race.

Primary winners will face off in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The early voting period for the general election beings Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 6.

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