Rep. Maloney survives primary challenge

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) fought back a Democratic primary challenge from attorney Reshma Suijani Tuesday.

With 32 percent of the precincts reporting, Maloney won with 81 percent to Suijani's 19 percent.

Even in a year marked by a strong anti-incumbent mood, Maloney ran on her seniority in Washington and record of delivering for the district, which she echoed in an interview with The Hill Tuesday morning.


"It's hard to pass legislation and achieve that fragile level of consensus," Maloney said after casting her primary vote on Manhattan's Upper East Side. "I have that record and throughout my years in Congress, I've made a lot of friends."

Saujani’s connections to the financial community and to Democratic fundraisers ran deep. She received campaign help from the state's former banking commissioner, Diana Taylor, who is also the girlfriend of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), and her challenge was well-funded thanks to backing from the financial industry.

Saujani didn't shy away from attacking Maloney over the course of the primary, hitting her for not taking a more leading role in issues critical to New York, including financial reform.

“Congresswoman Maloney has failed New Yorkers. She has failed to lead,” Saujani said in a radio debate with Maloney last week.

But the incumbent touted her legislative record, citing money she helped deliver for the 2nd Avenue Subway — a long-awaited transportation project — and her fight for federal dollars for first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks.

Maloney told The Hill that Tuesday marks "a sad election" for her personally — the first since the death of her husband Clifton last year. "Clifton always ran my elections," she said.

Saujani has pledged to run again in two years.