Ivanka Trump Wins Primary Election, Is She Headed To Congress?

Robert Jonathan

Ivanka Trump, the popular and a glamorous daughter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, supposedly is the winner of a primary for the U.S. House of Representatives.

That means there are two first-time candidates in the family, unless another Ivanka Trump resides in New York City.

Whether she knows it or not, and it's probably not at this point, Ivanka received two out of a total of five write-in votes for the Reform Party nomination in New York's 12th Congressional District, according to the New York State of Politics website.

Those two votes -- roughly about 13.4 million less than her dad received in the national GOP presidential contest -- were evidently enough to give her the Reform Party nod going into the November general election after the June 28 primary results were certified earlier this month. New York City Board of Elections results appear to indicate that three other Reform Party candidates received one write-in vote each. Evidently there were no official Reform Party candidates on the ballot.

The district includes parts of Manhattan's Lower East Side, Brooklyn and Queens, and is currently represented by career politician Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat.

Ivanka Trump, 34, who is familiar to America from her roles on the Apprentice and the Celebrity Apprentice, is scheduled to introduce her dad tonight as he gives his all-important acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Given all the controversy surrounding the convention, the Trumps' prime-time father-daughter presentations will undoubtedly receive a tremendous viewership.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was under consideration himself, quipped earlier this month that Ivanka would be her father's best vice-presidential running mate.

The mother of three small children, Ivanka is an executive vice president in the Trump Organization as well as an entrepreneur with her own fashion line. She is regarded as one of her dad's key advisors in the presidential run.

Ironically, Ivanka Trump was unable to vote for her father in the April 19 New York primary because she didn't change her voter registration from independent to Republican in time. Unlike some other states, the Empire State has closed primary system, which means only registered Democrats can vote in the Democrat primary and Republicans in the Republican primary.

"The Reform Party was founded in 2014 as an extra ballot line for Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino to run on in the general election. Initially called the Stop Common Core party, the name was changed after the election to broaden its appeal to voters on issues such as ethics and term limits," the State of Politics website noted.

This iteration of the Reform Party may have a connection to the movement headed by Ross Perot in his third-party runs for president in 1992 and 1996. Donald Trump flirted with the idea of seeking the White House on the Reform Party ticket in the year 2000.

The Independent Political Report claims that the New York version of the Reform Party is affiliated with its national counterpart. "It is not known whether Ivanka Trump will accept or disavow the party's Congressional nomination," the Report added.

"I am terrified. I've never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it's a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it's a testament to him as a parent…I know the man as a parent and I can share how he raised me and my siblings, and the father he was. But also I can talk about the man he is as a leader and an entrepreneur and a business builder and a visionary. Knowing him from those two very different vantage points, but seeing similar attributes really transcend both worlds, I think it gives me a bit of a unique perspective in that regard."

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