With 55 percent of precincts reporting as of this writing, the Associated Press has declared Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) the winner of the Democratic Primary in New York's Eighth Congressional District. Provocateur and City Councilman Charles Barron made the race interesting with a late surge but will end up taking a drubbing as Jeffries currently leads with 75.4 percent of the vote to Barron's 24.6 percent.
Jeffries will match up against Republican Alan Bellone, a self-described businessman, who ran unopposed on the Republican side. Bellone faces an uphill battle against Jeffries in the heavily Democratic district. Fifteen-term Congressman Ed Towns announced in April that he would not seek re-election in the recently redrawn Eighth district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and much of Manhattan's West Side.