A chunk of Manhattan will soon be represented by a stalwart liberal Democratic House member in their mid-70s who has been in office for 30 years. Whether it's Rep. Carolyn Maloney or Rep. Jerry Nadler will depend on the outcome of the brewing Aug. 23 Democratic primary in New York's newly configured 12th Congressional District.

The matchup of the C-SPAN regulars is coming about due to new redistricting maps drawn by an independent political scientist after a New York state court threw out a Democratic-enacted map that would have likely given the party a 22-4 advantage over Republicans. New York's current House delegation is 18 Democrats and eight Republicans. The state is losing a House seat due to relatively slow population growth in the decade leading up to the 2020 census.


While the recently released redrawn map has yet to be finalized, the likely race between the two senior lawmakers could prove to be the most heated battle the state has seen since the Mets vs. Yankees 2000 World Series. The new district combined the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, running from Central Park South as far north as 110th Street.

Maloney is chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee and currently represents New York’s 12th Congressional District, which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side and parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Maloney declared her candidacy on Monday for the newly configured Manhattan district. And on Tuesday, the New York congresswoman asserted she has no plans to back down in the race.

“I'm running in the New York 12, which is what I represent now. The maps were drawn by a special master, and they are what they are. I live in New York 12. I've represented it for three decades, and 61% of that district is mine. Thirty percent is his,” Maloney told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.

And Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has represented the Upper West Side since 1992, also made it clear he plans to run.

“I believe these newly proposed lines by the special master violate the NYS constitutional requirements of keeping communities of interest of keeping communities of interest together and keeping the cores of existing districts largely intact,” Nadler said in a statement following the map’s release. “However, provided that they become permanent, I very much look forward to running in and representing the people of the newly created 12th District of New York.”

The newly drawn map, which was released by a nonpartisan special master after a New York judge ruled that the Democrats’ proposal that was approved in February was too heavily gerrymandered in favor of the party, is undergoing a public comment period through Wednesday, with adjustments expected to be made and finalized by Friday.

Maloney and Nadler are not the only Democratic incumbents that have seen their districts merged in the Empire State, with the proposal pitting members against each other in primaries.

Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones is expected to decide in the coming days whether he will challenge DCCC Chairman Sean Maloney or fellow liberal Rep. Jamaal Bowman in districts north and east of New York City.


But top Democrats are expected to launch a legal challenge against the new map, with critics arguing that the newly drawn lines target historic black representation in the state.

If the map is finalized, the new makeup of the state’s districts will make it harder for Democrats to hold the majority in November. Republicans need to pick up just five seats to flip the House, and the February-approved map provided Republicans with a strong advantage.

But Democrats are holding out hope for changes in the coming days.

“I have no idea [if the maps will hold]. I mean, this whole process has been a roller coaster,” Maloney said.