Meng tops challengers in primary, Richards leads BP race

Though the Democratic primary was relatively quiet for Maspeth, the neighborhood’s congressional representative topped two challengers vying to unseat the incumbent.

Congresswoman Grace Meng, who is seeking re-election to her fifth term in office, defeated candidates Melquiades Gagarin and Sandra Choi.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Meng received 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the district.

Gagarin, a progressive activist, won 5,261 votes, or 21 percent. Choi, another first-time candidate, received 4,318 votes, good for 17 percent.

Though the district leans heavily Democratic, Meng will still face Republican nominee Thomas Zmich in the general election in November.

In the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all candidates with 41,915 votes, good for 37.2 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Donovan is former Maspeth Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who has 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Councilman Costa Constantinides is coming in third, with 17,164 votes, or 15 percent. Closely behind him is Anthony Miranda, with 14.7 percent, and Dao Yin, with 4.5 percent.

Though Richards is ahead by a decent margin, this is a race that will be decided after absentee ballots are counted.

On the state level, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and State Senator Joe Addabbo did not face primary challengers.

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