4/12/2011, 5:24 p.m.
Schneiderman will face Staten Island District Attorney Republican Dan Donovan in the general election in November.
While New York Senator Chuck Schumer ran unopposed, his colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand handily defeated Gail Goode 76 percent to 24 percent with 95 percent of the precincts reporting. But Schumer and Gillibrand will face GOP of challenges from Jay Townsend and Joseph DioGuardi respectively. Townsend beat out Gary Berntsen 56 percent to 44 percent with 95 percent of precinct reporting. Townsend took to the podium to address Schumer and New York State citizens after declaring victory.
"If you think we can do better, Jay Townsend is your choice," he said. "If you believe it's ok that NY has the highest property tax burden in the nation, Chuck Schumer is your man." Townsend also said that if elected he would help repeal health care reform and called the planned construction of the Cordoba House near ground zero "tasteless" and "offensive."
DioGuardi, father of American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi, defeated David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman for the right to face Gillibrand in November under the GOP ticket. DioGuardi, who garnered 42 percent of the vote, believes that he has what it takes to put a scare into the current Senator. "We brought together the conservative and Republican lines," he said. "You realize what that means? Senator Gillibrand's worst nightmare has happened tonight."
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will likely keep her seat representing the 14th Congressional District after taking out her opponent hedge fund lawyer Reshma Saujani who received only 19 percent of the votes. The win puts Maloney a step closer to her 10th term in Congress after taking 80 percent of the primary votes.
The campaign was noted because of the negative campaign Saujani ran going as far to call Maloney a "liar" at their one and only debate earlier in the month. Hot issues in the district included the need for more jobs, the drama of the Second Avenue subway line on Manhattan's East Side and resources for the lower income Queensbridge public housing project.
"I am honored and humbled by the overwhelming show of support from voters from every corner of the district," she said. "This was truly a grassroots effort and this victory belongs to the hundreds of volunteers who worked with me over the course of the campaign."
In a statement Saujani said she wants to continue her involvement in the community. Reports indicate that she has vowed to run again.
She said, "I appreciate the support from everyone who was involved with our campaign. I look forward to continuing the conversation with the community."
In yet another failed attempt to get into public office, perpetual candidate Kevin Powell again lost to Congressman Ed Towns in the 10th Congressional District in Brooklyn. Towns took almost 70 percent of the votes giving him his 15th term.
"I am very pleased with the results," Towns said. "The numbers indicate my continued support, my efforts to bring jobs and opportunity to the 10th District. I can now go back to Washington with renewed vigor to continue to fight for jobs, housing, education as well as to promote President Barack Obama's agenda to create equal opportunity for all Americans."