Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) narrowly defeated challenger Adem Bunkeddeko, the son of Ugandan refugees who ran an unexpectedly competitive race.
With 99 of precincts counted, Clarke won with just short of 52 percent of the vote — a margin of a little more than 1,000 votes over Bunkeddeko, a community activist who had never before run for office. He won the endorsement of the New York Times and argued that Clarke had been an ineffective representative on constituent issues.
But Clarke held him back, avoiding the fate of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). Two other Democratic incumbents from New York also climbed past serious challengers; Rep. Carolyn Maloney defeated Suraj Patel by 17 points, and Rep. Elliot Engel blew past Jonathan Lewis by nearly 60 points.