After winning a four-way Democratic primary to replace Gary Ackerman in Congress Tuesday night, State Assemblywoman Grace Meng is poised to make history. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Grace Meng's run for a Queens congressional seat could be one for the history books.
"I feel great. My voice is gone but I feel wonderful," Meng said.
She beat out three other competitors to clinch the Democratic nomination. A win in November would make her the first Asian American to represent New York in Congress.
"I am proud to be an Asian American, but I am also proud to be a woman and a mother. There are so many components that make up who I am and what I want to do for our community," Meng said.
Debates over the future of Social Security and Middle East politics dominated the race. Meng's toughest competitors were State Assemblyman Rory Lancman and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
But Meng enjoyed establishment support. The Queens Democratic party backed her. So did Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Gary Ackerman, who surprised many by announcing he would not seek reelection after 30 years in the House. The newly drawn district is now close to 40 percent Asian.
"She has the ability to be a bridge among communities and this district needs that," Ackerman said.
Although she still has a general election fight ahead of her, Meng's supporters say they are feeling good about her chances in the fall.
"I think November looks great. This is a very, very strong Democratic district. We take nothing for granted. Grace is going to work her tail off and get elected in November," said Rep. Joseph Crowley.
Meng will face Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran in the November general election.