Besides Congressman Charles Rangel's tough re-election battle, there are three other tight Congressional primaries in the city, as well as a little-noticed statewide Republican fight. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
A race for an open seat in Brooklyn's new Eighth Congressional District is pitting City Councilman Charles Barron against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. It's a campaign that many believe to has become surprisingly close.
Barron is viewed as the anti-establishment candidate and some groups, many outside the district, have come out strongly against him.
"This alignment up against us is incredible," Barron said. "The corporate elite, from wall street to the Democratic party establishment, they are pulling everybody out the woodwork to stop Barron."
Jeffries has been eager to keep a harsh spotlight on his opponent.
"I'm not going to characterize Charles Barron's comments," he said. "He's got an extensive public record. He is going to have to defend that public record, just like I have to defend my public record."
Elsewhere, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is hoping to stay in Washington, this time in the newly drawn Seventh Congressional District that winds through three boroughs.
She spent part of the morning in Chinatown.
"The Chinese community is a very important community," she said. "And I think that everything that I have done for Chinese-Americans, I have to go back and remind them."
One of her chief opponents is Erik Dilan. He was at City Hall this afternoon and not on the campaign trail.
Dilan has been accused of running just to please Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez, a claim he has denied.
"Absolutely not," he said. "I think i made that clear Friday at the debate. This is something that i wanted to do. I wanted to represent the people of this district. I wanted to challenge the leadership in this district."
Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Assemblywoman Grace Meng are also facing off in a primary for the Sixth District in Queens along with City Councilwoman Liz Crowley.
And Republican primary voters across the state are choosing their candidate for to take on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
"Our estimates are, at least the professional estimates are that seven to ten percent of Republicans will turn out, which is kind of a small number," said Bob Turner, one of the candidates. "So our challenge has been to make people aware."
The new Congressional maps make this election a bit of wild card. When you add in the new June primary date, it makes some often predictable races much tougher to call.