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Meng Wins Seat In Congress While Grimm, Addabbo Are Re-elected

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Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Republican incumbent Rep. Michael Grimm have won their races for Congress, and Democratic State Sen. Joseph Addabbo has retained his seat.

As expected, Tuesday also saw the re-election of veteran Democratic incumbents including U.S. Representatives Charles Rangel, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke. In the state assembly, re-elected long-time incumbents included Speaker Sheldon Silver, Dov Hikind and Vito Lopez.

In the state senate, those re-elected included long-time incumbents Tony Avella, Michael Gianaris, Eric Adams, Martin Golden, Diane Savino, Andrew Lanza, Liz Krueger, Jose Serrano, Adriano Espaillat and Ruben Diaz.

Meng squared off against Republican Councilman Dan Halloran to fill the seat that will be vacated by current U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman when he retires at the end of the year.

According to the AP, with 408 of 409 precincts reporting as of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, Meng had 68 percent of the vote while Halloran had 31 percent.

Meng is the first Asian-American from New York to be elected to Congress.

The newly-drawn district, which stretches from Flushing to Bayside to Glendale, has both a large Asian-American population and a large white one, which made this election not only about the issues, but race as well.

Meng and Halloran's differences were exemplified by the varying endorsements they received.

Meng was endorsed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch. Halloran, on the other hand, received the nod from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

AP returns at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday showed that with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Grimm had 53 percent of the vote while his challenger, Mark Murphy, had 46 percent.

The two battled for a congressional seat in a district that covers all of Staten Island and a small part of Brooklyn.

Grimm, a second-year congressman, and Murphy, a Staten Island native and successful Wall Street businessman had been battling it out in a tightly contested race.

Although Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the area within the district, pre-storm polls showed Grimm with a commanding lead.

Addabbo defeated Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich in the race for New York's 15th Senate District.

As of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, AP returns showed Addabbo with a 57 percent to 43 percent margin over Ulrich.

Several key issues defined the race between Addabbo and Ulrich. Addabbo was initially against gay marriage, but had a change of heart and voted in favor of it in 2009. Ulrich criticized Addabbo for switching his views.

"I don't think you stick your finger in the wind and see which way its blowing," Ulrich said.

The two also have very different opinions on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. Ulrich supports the practice, also known as "hydrofracking," saying it creates jobs. But Addabbo has come out against it, saying it won't create any jobs in the city.

The 15th district consists of Ozone Park, Howard Beach and Forest Hills. It also now includes part of the Rockaways after the district was redrawn this year.

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