LOWER MANHATTAN — Longtime U.S Rep. Jerrold Nadler won big in his first primary challenge in 20 years Tuesday.
The Democrat, who's represented most of the West side of Manhattan, from the Financial District to the Upper West Side, as well as parts of Brooklyn, for 24 years, bested challenger Oliver Rosenberg, a 30-year-old former J.P. Morgan investment manager who, up until recently, was a registered Republican.
Nadler was heavily favored to win, though his vote to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran was an issue for some of his constituents, many of whom are Jewish. Rosenberg had tried to leverage voters' disapproval of the Iran deal.
Nadler won 88.78 percent of the vote, or 25,527 votes Tuesday night, while Rosenberg took 10.26 percent of the district's votes, amounting to about 2,949 votes, according to the New York State's Board of Elections unofficial primary results.
“It’s a great night,” Nadler campaign spokesman Danny Schwarz told the Associated Press. “Tonight, in a pretty emphatic fashion, we heard from the voters.”