2012-06-21 / Politics

Maloney to challenge Hayworth

Wins Democratic primary
Eric Gross

Sean Maloney of Cold Spring has won the Democratic primary in the new 18th Congressional District and will face off against Representative Nan Hayworth in November.

While Maloney garnered 62 percent of the vote in Putnam County by defeating four other candidates, district wide he received 49 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press,

The district encompasses all of Putnam and Orange counties as well as sections of northern Westchester and southern Dutchess.

Maloney thanked his supporters at a rally on Tuesday night telling them: "We are strong. We are ready to work together in making Congress work for working people again."

Maloney garnered 1,163 votes of the 1,874 votes cast in Putnam's six towns.

At Board of Elections headquarters in Carmel, the tally indicated that Richard Becker received 521 votes to come in second; Matthew Alexander—141; Duane Jackson—38 and Thomas Wilson—11.

In a GOP Primary for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, Wendy Long was the victor, defeating Bob Turner and George Maragos; Long tallied 588 votes in Putnam to Turner's 285 and 71 for Maragos.

Putnam Elections Commissioner Anthony Scannapieco told the Courier and PCNR the cost of Primary Day in Putnam exceeded $130,000. A third primary this year is scheduled for Sept. 13 when state and local primaries will be held.


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