Openly gay candidate Sean Patrick Maloney won yesterday’s Democratic primary for the U.S. House.
With most of the votes counted at 11:30 p.m., Maloney had won 48.3 percent of the votes cast in the four counties that will make up New York’s newly redrawn 18th Congressional District starting next year. Westchester County cardiologist Richard Becker came in second with 32.5 percent. Maloney, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, joined the race in March and quickly upended it by collecting big campaign donations and winning a slew of union endorsements. He emphasized his White House experience in a flurry of mailings and got the former president to record a robocall supporting him.
Maloney will face freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth in November.