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This undated photo provided by his campaign, shows New York state Sen. Chris Jacobs, one of four candidates running for NY Congressional District 27, in Buffalo, NY. Convicted Congressman Chris Collins' former New York district is on two separate ballots Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Courtesy Chris Jacobs via AP)
June 23, 2020 - 10:38 PM

NEW YORK - The latest on New York's primary elections (all times local):

1:35 a.m.

Dozens of races in New York state are awaiting winners to be called after the state held its primary election.

The Associated Press did not declare winners on Tuesday in all primary elections for state legislature, 16 congressional primaries and the Democratic primary for Queens Borough president.

New York Counties didn’t release any mail ballots Tuesday, which could account for more than half the vote. Counties have until July 1 to start releasing the results of mail ballots.

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12:45 a.m.

Republican state Sen. Chris Jacobs has swept an Election Day doubleheader in western New York to win a House seat formerly held by a congressman who resigned last fall.

Jacobs on Tuesday won a special election to serve out the term of disgraced U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, who quit just before pleading guilty to insider trading.

Jacobs also won a three-way primary to be the Republican candidate in November’s general election.

In the special election, Jacobs beat Democrat Nate McMurray, a former town supervisor.

The two will face off again in November after Jacobs also finished ahead of former town justice Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw in the Republican primary.

Collins’ seat has been vacant for more than eight months. The primary and special election were originally supposed to be on separate dates, but were consolidated because of the coronavirus outbreak.

12 a.m.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat held off two challengers to win the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District.

Espaillat, 67, who was first elected to Congress in 2016, defeated James Keith and Ramon Rodriguez. The district covers upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx.

Espaillat, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is the first Dominican American member of Congress.

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11:40 p.m.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez has defeated entertainer Paperboy Prince in the Democratic primary for New York’s 7th Congressional District.

Velazquez’s win Tuesday came in a district that covers neighbourhoods in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, with a small sliver of Manhattan.

Velazquez is 67 and was first elected to Congress in 1992. Prince critiqued that incumbency, saying term limits were necessary to keep elected officials more in touch with the concerns of their constituents, but Velazquez was never in serious danger of losing her seat.

The district is heavily Democratic, all but ensuring that Velazquez will win reelection in the fall.

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11:30 p.m.

Two incumbents in New York's congressional delegation have won their Democratic primaries.

Rep. Gregory Meeks handily defeated his opponent, Shaniyat Chowdhury, in the 5th Congressional District, which is mainly based in southeastern Queens with tiny part of Long Island's Nassau County.

Rep. Grace Meng was victorious against Melquiades Gagarin and Sandra Choi in the 6th Congressional District, which covers central Queens.

Meeks, 67, was first elected to Congress more than 20 years ago and is chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party.

Meng, 44, was elected to Congress in 2012, the first Asian American representative for New York.

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11:05 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defeated her challengers in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District, in her first defence of the seat she claimed in a shocking victory two years ago.

Her chief challenger in Tuesday’s primary was Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC anchor who was a registered Republican until a few years ago. Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most well-known voices of the American political left since her 2018 victory.

Her district in Queens and the Bronx was among the places hit hardest by the coronavirus, which made traditional campaigning impossible over the past three months.

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9 p.m.

The most unusual primary election day in recent New York state history has come to a close.

Registered voters were urged to cast ballots by mail this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of polling places was cut down in some parts of the state, even though in-person voting did still take place.

Voters were choosing Democratic, Republican and other party candidates for congress, president, the state legislature and other offices.

Even though the polls closed at 9 p.m., it may be awhile before the results in some races are known, because absentee ballots won’t be counted for at least a week.

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9 a.m.

Polls are open across New York in one most unusual primary elections in state history. Officials encouraged all registered voters to cast their ballot by mail this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In-person voting is still happening, but in many upstate counties the number of polling locations has been reduced.

It isn’t clear yet whether that will reduce turnout or lead to bottlenecks in areas with fewer places to cast a vote.

Democrats, Republicans and other parties are selecting candidates for congress, president, the state legislature and other offices.

Polls opened statewide at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. but the results of some contests might not be known for some time because absentee ballots won’t be counted for at least a week.

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