A trickle of Independence Party voters awarded former congresswoman Nan Hayworth their party’s coveted ballot line Tuesday in an opening skirmish in her rematch battle this year against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democrat who unseated her in 2012.
Only 6 percent of the 22,506 active Independence Party voters in New York’s 18th Congressional District went to the polls for the primary, giving the Republican challenger a 732-650 victory over Maloney in unofficial results, which don’t include absentee ballots. The primary took place because party leaders allowed both candidates to compete for the Independence line.
“I am grateful for the support I received throughout the entire district,” Hayworth said in a victory message. ”The people who supported me have sent a message they want Washington to get out of the way and let us grow jobs and opportunity in the Hudson Valley economy.”
“I thank the voters and realize they want a Representative who will reach across the aisle to provide a genuine voice for the Hudson Valley. I will continue to be that voice.”
The press release touted Hayworth’s “impressive victory” in the heavily Democratic City of Poughkeepsie, where she collected a grand total of 33 votes to Maloney’s 20.
Maloney congratulated Hayworth on the win. ”I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and keep putting points on the board for my hardworking Hudson Valley neighbors,” he said. “The best politics is doing my job and getting results by creating good paying jobs here at home, reducing taxes for middle class families and small businesses, cutting wasteful spending and protecting Medicare and Social Security.”
Maloney won by 381-347 in Orange County, which holds about half of the 18th District’s voters. The nearly 1,000 enrolled Independence voters in bloc-voting Kiryas Joel, who could easily have swayed the election results, appear not to have exerted themselves on behalf of either candidate. Hayworth won the three other counties the district crosses, including Maloney’s adopted home county of Putnam.