NEW YORK (AP, PIX11) — With almost all precincts reporting, the race to represent New York’s 10th Congressional District narrowed down into a showdown between Daniel Goldman and Yuh-Line Niou.
The seat, covering southern Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, is a rare open contest in one of the most liberal and influential areas of the country. Unpredictable turnout could decide the primary in the ultraliberal district in southern Manhattan and Brooklyn.
With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Goldman had about 25.6 percent of the vote, the AP reported. Niou had around 23.9 percent of the vote. The rest of the vote was largely split by a slew of progressive candidates, including an incumbent congressman from the New York City suburbs, Mondaire Jones, who moved to the area to run.
Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who served as counsel to House Democrats in the first impeachment inquiry against Trump, has been considered a front runner. He said he plans to use his experience as a prosecutor to fight against gun violence in the district.
Niou is a member of the state Assembly. She has been a progressive champion in the statehouse and is supported by the Working Families Party. Niou, who is Taiwanese, saw an opportunity to run for Congress to serve the large Asian communities in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Other candidates include New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who last served in Congress in 1981, and Assembly member Jo Anne Simon.
Rivera, who represents part of Manhattan in the New York City Council, was born and raised on the Lower East Side to a mother who emigrated from Puerto Rico. She’s one of the top candidates in the race, based on PIX11 poll data released on Monday and in July.
Holtzman, a former congresswoman, is looking to make a comeback. She said on her campaign site she wants to bring her experience and “proven track record” to Congress. Holtzman previously served as Brooklyn district attorney and as New York City comptroller.
Simon is looking to join Congress so she can bring New York issues to Washington, she’s said. The candidate, who’s worked as a disability civil rights lawyer, grew up in Yonkers as the daughter of Italian immigrants. On her campaign site, Simon said she’s “dedicated her life to fighting for equal rights for all of us.”