Democratic candidates cruised to victory in several Upper East Side contests on Election Day, including US Representative Jerry Nadler, who will for the first time represent the neighborhood in Congress, and Alex Bores who is set to join the New York State Assembly on behalf of the UES.
While the races have yet to be officially called for the candidates, Congressman Jerry Nadler has an insurmountable lead on his challengers, accounting for more than 81% of the total vote count, with nearly all ballot scanners reporting.
The longtime Upper West Side congressman handily won the seat for New York’s 12th District, which is currently represented by outgoing Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, whom Nadler defeated in an August primary vote.
Rep. Nadler’s Republican challenger Michael Zumbluskas picked up just over 18% of the vote in that race, while third party candidate Mike Itkis — whose sex tape release generated countless headlines ahead of the general election — fell flaccid with the general public, tallying just 583 total votes.
Meanwhile, Alex Bores will soon go by the title Assembly Member-elect — the Democratic nominee trounced his Republican opponent, David Casavis, with nearly 74% of the vote in his favor. With fewer than four percent of ballot scanners unreported, Bores also holds an insurmountable lead according to unofficial results.
Bores earned the nomination after a hard-fought primary race against three rivals that included allegations of carpet-bagging and claims of supporting the ‘defund the police’ movement. He will replace outgoing Assembly Member Dan Quart, who did not run for reelection.
Incumbent New York State Senator Liz Krueger also easily defeated her Republican challenger, Dr. Awadhesh Kumar Gupta, garnering nearly 78% of the vote to earn another term representing the Upper East Side.
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright ran unopposed in the general election and took home nearly 99% of votes with 99% of ballot scanners reporting — rounding out the slam dunk for Democrats.