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Sean Patrick Maloney fends off Democratic challenger in N.Y. primary

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) one of nine openly gay members of Congress, fended off a primary contender Tuesday in the New York’s Democratic primary to keep a seat in the U.S.

House, a boon for LGBTQ representation even though he has drawn the ire of many progressives in his party. The Associated Press called the primary race for the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s 17th congressional district in favor of Maloney, who was running against Rep.

Alessandra Biaggi (D-N.Y.). Initial results indicated Maloney easily won against Biaggi, taking 67 percent of the vote compared to the 33 percent she won.

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