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Rep. Nadler cruises to expected Democratic primary win

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has handily won the Democratic primary for the congressional district he has represented since 1992.

Nadler (D-NY) earned 62 percent of the vote in the heavily Democratic 10th Congressional District, which covers most of the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.

An analysis by the Associated Press of absentee ballots returned as of Wednesday showed that Nadler’s lead was too large for either opponent to overcome.

The 73-year-old lawmaker beat out two primary challengers: Lindsey Boylan, a former adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Jonathan Herzog, a former staffer of Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign.

Both primary opponents criticized Nadler during the campaign for not doing enough for the district itself.

Those critiques failed to take off, and Nadler gained national notoriety as part of the team that helped lead the Democratic case for impeaching President Trump.

Unlike other moderates who faced primary challenges, Nadler earned himself progressive credentials with endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

In her endorsement, the 30-year-old Congresswoman described Nadler as someone “respected and admired by progressives.”

Both Warren and AOC endorsed Jamaal Bowman, a 44-year-old former middle school principal, over Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who delivered a stinging defeat against the incumbent lawmaker late last month.

Nadler also had the backing of the Working Families Party, a major power player in progressive circles. WFP endorsed Bowman over Engel.

With Post wires

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