Daniel Goldman has prevailed in his heavily Democratic New York district, easily triumphing over GOP nominee Benine Hamdan in the midterm elections.
The lawyer, who served as lead counsel during the first impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump, sailed to victory in the 10th Congressional District, which has a D+69 partisan voter index. He also carried roughly a quarter of the vote in August’s hotly contested primary race for the open district, even defeating an incumbent member of the New York delegation, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).
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Jones relocated to the urban district after redistricting prompted him to leave the 17th Congressional District, where Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), the powerful chairman of the Democratic Party’s fundraising arm, announced his intent to run. Jones came in third behind New York City Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou in the Aug. 23 primary races.
An aggressive map signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul that would have locked in an expected 22-4 partisan advantage for Democrats was stricken by a series of courts culminating in a court ruling appointing a special master to draw new boundaries for the Empire State congressional delegation. Special master Jonathan Cervas’s map created only 16 districts that heavily favor Democrats, leaving a handful of incumbents vulnerable to challenges from Republican candidates. The state lost one of its 27 congressional seats following population loss recorded in the 2020 census.
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Goldman previously ran for attorney general of New York, but he suspended that bid when Attorney General Letitia James decided to seek reelection.
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