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Democratic Establishment Tested by Progressive

A five-term member of Congress, Sean Patrick Maloney is seeking reelection in his swing Hudson Valley congressional district won by former President Donald Trump in 2016. He touts his record as a moderate dealmaker who can win competitive elections.

Maloney, a self-described “gay guy with an interracial family,” has represented New York’s purple Congressional District 18 (CD 18) for a decade. But he’s not running for a sixth term in CD 18, rated by FiveThirtyEight as a “toss-up” district in November’s elections.

Maloney is instead running for the party's primary nomination in CD 17, a Democrat-leaning district that includes portions of Rockland, Dutchess, and Putnam counties.

A judge-appointed special master reshaped the state's congressional district map in May, encouraging Maloney to run for reelection in CD 17 rather than CD 18, where he had won five elections since 2012.

A 26-district map adopted for the 2022 midterms by the state’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly was rejected as gerrymandering in court rulings, which required a special master to re-craft them in a less partisan manner.

22 August 2022


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