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Rep. Jerry Nadler beats Rep. Carolyn Maloney in bitter NY House primary

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Democratic candidate for New Yorks 12th Congressional District, campaigns at the 79th St. Greenmarket on top of the West Side of Manhattan, on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler defeated his longtime colleague Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a contentious Democratic primary Tuesday inNew York’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District,NBC News projects.

He’s all but guaranteed in November’s general election to win the heavily Democratic district, which merged Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Upper East Side into one and pitted both long-serving lawmakers against one another.

Nadler and Maloney were both first elected in 1992 and also have since increased to prominence inside your home: Nadler chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Maloney chairs the Oversight Committee.

After he cast his ballot Tuesday morning on top of the West Side, Nadler, 75, told NBC News he intends to help keep his top i’m all over this the Judiciary panel if he could be reelected.

“Absolutely, I’ll seek to stay the very best Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, andI don’t believe there’s much question that that’ll happen,” Nadler said. “What I wish to achieve is, I really believe this country is reallya democratic system with a smalld is threatened.And we’re in a pivotal position onthe Judiciary Committee todefend againstthat threat through votingrights legislation andadministration.”

If Republicanswin control of the home this fall, Nadler would lose his committee gavel and likely serve as ranking member.

Maloney, 76, had sought to play up the gender dynamics in the race, noting that she’s the only real woman representing Manhattan in Congress and suggesting that Nadler was profiting from an “old boys’ network” in NEW YORK.

A third candidate in the race was Suraj Patel, 38, a former staffer for President Barack Obama who ran on a platform of generational change contrary to the two septuagenarians.

Nadler’s chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee put him able to oversee the proceedings for both impeachments of former President Donald Trump.

In a statement following the outcome was projected, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulated Nadler and praised Maloney for “tenacious leadership,” saying she’ll be “profoundlymissed in the Congress.”

Correction: This report has been updated to correctly describe the region of Maloney’s former congressional district.

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