A number of other candidates have won tough races tonight. As the results come trickling in, here are some notable ones:
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., currently facing federal charges that he solicited bribes to pay his legal bills in an unrelated federal corruption case, won against a slew of challengers. Six opponents split the anti-Boyland vote, allowing him to skate by with a weak plurality.
State Senator Shirley Huntley, indicted a couple weeks ago on charges that she helped deliver member items to a sham non-profit, lost to Councilman James Sanders, who waged an aggressive campaign and managed to turn out his base in a seat made less favorable to Ms. Huntley in redistricting.
District Leader Walter Mosley has formally filed for the race to replace Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, setting up one of the more contentious Democratic primaries this cycle against his fellow District Leader Ola Alabi, who has already announced her campaign. Mr. Jeffries is in a contentious race of his own as he seeks to unseat veteran Congressman Ed Towns.
Mr. Mosley, who’s also a former Senate aide, was long thought to be interested in the seat. His newly registered committee will allow him to raise funds and place the tangible wheels in motion for an actual campaign.
It was only this weekend that Hakeem Jeffries announced his bid to give up his Assembly seat to run for Congress, but already a candidate has emerged to take his place in the legislature.
Olanike Alabi, a veteran district leader in the 57th Assembly district is set to announce her candidacy later this morning.
“I am extremely proud to officially announce that I am a candidate for the New York State Assembly – 2012,” said Ms. Alabi in a statement provided by her campaign. “As the Democratic State Committeewoman/District Leader for several years, I have served the constituents of this district. I know first-hand how far we have come—and I am keenly aware of what is needed to move our district forward.”