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                                              *Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by Rachel Cohen.*


More than a dozen New York City Democrats are vying to represent the newly redrawn 10th congressional district, which will span much of Lower Manhattan and a large swathe of Brooklyn. The candidate who wins the August primary is expected to win the general election in November given the district is heavily Democratic.

The reconfigured New York congressional map, approved by a New York Supreme Court judge last month, has shifted district boundaries and political aspirations. Given national population trends, New York has lost another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the new lines had to account for state and city demographics as well as that loss, with the delegation set to go from 27 to 26 members. It is extremely rare for there to be a seat without an incumbent running, but that is the case in the new NY-10.

The current 10th congressional district is represented by Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose Upper West Side home and base were drawn into the new 12th district, where he is running against Rep. Carolyn Maloney and others.

The redistricted 10th congressional district consists of a diverse set of neighborhoods, including the East and West Villages, Soho and Noho, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Battery Park City, the Financial District, parts of Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Borough Park and more. The district includes two large predominantly Hispanic communities, two large predominantly Asian communities, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and several predominantly white communities home to many liberal and progressive voters.

The total population of the reconfigured district, based on 2020 Census data, is 48.6% white, 21.6% Asian, 19.2% Hispanic and 5.6% Black, according to Redistricting & You: New York from the CUNY Mapping Service.

The district is home to high voter turnout neighborhoods, as seen in last year’s Democratic primary for mayor. During the race, 38.2% of registered Democrats voted, while the citywide average was 28.3%, according to Gothamist. During that primary, the neighborhoods now in NY-10 were dominated by Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, with some areas favoring Andrew Yang and only a small part voting for the winner, Eric Adams.

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