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5 State Senators From Breakaway Democrat Group Lose To Primary Challengers

September 13, 2018 - 11:33 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Five state senators from New York City who were members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference lost to primary challengers Thursday night.

Sen. Jeff Klein, who was the head of the IDC, lost to challenger Alessandra Biaggi. Sen. Marisol Alcantara lost to former City Councilman Robert Jackson, Sen. Jose Peralta lost to challenger Jessica Ramos, Sen. Tony Avella lost to former City Comptroller John Liu, and Sen. Jesse Hamilton lost to challenger Zellnor Myrie.

The only one of the six IDC members from New York City who won her primary was Sen. Diane Savino, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported. This was despite a decisive victory by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over left-flank challenger Cynthia Nixon.

“I think what’s interesting – we were talking about, how does Cuomo win big and these other people lose? And it seems to strike the point that all politics is local,” Haskell said.

The IDC members were known for making deals with Republicans in the state Senate.

“Democrats punished them for doing that tonight,” said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff. “It’s a Democratic Party statement, I think, both at the state Senate level and for Cuomo.”

Cuomo announced back April that he would broker a deal to dissolve the IDC, which had helped the GOP maintain control of the state Senate. But that was not enough to get the members reelected.