New York City Councilman Yuh-Line Niou, who is expected to finish second in the Democratic primary — trailing Goldman by only about 1,300 votes — is considering a general election run on the Working Families Party voting line.
Niou has not conceded in the Democratic primaries and the race will not be certified until September 14. With 95 percent of the vote counted, Goldman has 25.8 percent of the vote against Niou’s 23.7 percent, with 1,306 votes separating the two. Most absentee votes were counted on Thursday.
“I’m currently talking with WFP and my community about how best to represent the needs of this district,” Niou said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Because what we can do together is too important to give up on this fight, we must count every vote. I am so thankful for the outpouring of support and all the people who showed up and came. Our people have and deserve a voice.”
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In addition to Goldman and Niou, the field of Democratic primary candidates included Rep. Mondaire Jones (DN.Y.), who moved to the newly redrawn district to be behind Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, switched to running in Jones’ old quarter; Carlina Rivera, member of the New York City Council; New York City Councilman Jo Anne Simon, and former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman. At one point, former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was also part of the field before retiring from the race in July.
Niou’s supporters have pointed out that Niou, Jones and Rivera — who are expected to finish second, third and fourth respectively — split the progressive votes in the Democratic primaries, giving the more moderate Goldman a path to victory.
A chaotic New York reclassification process created the diverse new neighborhood, which encompasses much of lower Manhattan — including Chinatown, Wall Street, and the Lower East Side — and parts of Brooklyn. In her campaign, Niou, a Taiwanese American, often emphasized that the new district included two Chinatowns, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. She received support from various progressive groups and state legislators, as well as the Working Families Party.
The New York Times backed Goldman, who served as the leading majority council in the first impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. One of his TV ads includes a clip where he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee before declaring, “Dan Goldman has proven the case against Trump.”
He has said that protecting democracy would be one of his top priorities if elected.
“Voters know what’s at stake,” Goldman says tweeted Sunday. “We must protect our democracy and our fundamental rights. Everything is at stake and we need members of Congress who have been on the front lines fighting the authoritarianism of the radical right.”
Eugene Scott contributed to this report.