Joe Lhota Vows to ‘Unify Our Party’ After Bruising Primary

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Joe Lhota celebrating his win.

Former deputy mayor and MTA Chair Joe Lhota decisively beat back his billionaire opponent tonight in the Republican mayoral primary, despite the onslaught of millions of dollars worth of negative mailings and television ads.

Though he’d called John Catsimatidis’s ads “amazingly disgusting” earlier today and seemed to have little patience for another challenger, Doe Fund founder George McDonald, Mr. Lhota offer an olive branch to both of his opponents in a victory speech delivered to cheering supporters at a Midtown hotel.

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Bill de Blasio Declares Victory in Front of Roaring Crowd

Bill de Blasio tonight with his daughter.
Bill de Blasio tonight with his daughter.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio–a once obscure public official with a name few at first could pronounce–declared victory tonight, and now stands on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor without a runoff.

The latest returns put Mr. de Blasio at slightly over 40 percent of the vote–a feat once deemed all-but-impossible in a crowded field of five candidates. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Declares Victory in Front of Roaring Crowd”

‘Next Time I’ll Work Harder!’: John Catsimatidis Loses Republican Primary

John Catsimatidis speaking tonight.
John Catsimatidis speaking tonight.

His dream of being the next billionaire mayor of New York City is officially over.

John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, took to the stage of the Roosevelt Hotel tonight to concede his loss in the Republican primary following returns that made it clear he had lost to Joe Lhota.

“I want to apologize to my staff that I didn’t do better and win this thing for all of you,” Mr. Catsimatidis said, mournfully.

“We’ll never be disappointed!” some in the crowd shouted. “Never!”

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Donovan Richards Wins Queens Special Election

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)
Donovan Richards declared victory today in the Queens special election to replace his mentor, former Councilman James Sanders, putting to rest fears that the election’s outcome would be unknown for weeks or even months in what had become a racially-charged contest.

With all absentee and affidavit votes counted, Mr. Richards padded his razor-thin 26-vote Election Day margin with another 133 votes, while his main competitor, Pesach Osina, only gathered an additional 80. This brought the unofficial tally to 2,646 for Mr. Richards and 2,567 for Mr. Osina, a wide enough margin to avoid an automatic recount. The results will be certified next week.

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After Election Day, NYC’s Republican Pols Retreat Deeper Into Staten Island

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The State Assembly map in NYC for net year.

With last night’s elections, a number of seats changed hands between the Democratic and Republican parties across New York State, and indeed the entire country. But in the five boroughs of New York City, it was a one-way street.

At the congressional level, for example, the city lost half its Republican representation with the exit of Queens’ Bob Turner, who unsuccessfully ran for his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate. GOP Councilman Dan Halloran had his sights on the remnants of Mr. Turner’s district in northeastern part of the borough, but the area’s solidly Democratic tendencies allowed Assemblywoman Grace Meng to easily leap over Mr. Halloran and secure a new gig in Washington D.C.

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In New York City, Michael Grimm and Grace Meng Win

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Grace Meng and Michael Grimm (Photo: Meng Campaign/Getty)

New York State started off as a key battleground in the Democrats’ battle to retake control of the U.S. House, especially after the courts intervened in the redistricting plan and shook up a lot of traditional boundaries. However, most of these races were focused in areas further Upstate and the suburbs, leaving the heavily Democratic New York City with just two congressional elections of note.

In Queens, Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng faced off against GOP Councilman Dan Halloran for a seat crafted from the district remnants of outgoing Congressmen Bob Turner and Gary Ackerman. Despite Mr. Halloran’s polling showing the race a tie, those numbers did not pan out and Ms. Meng is currently ahead by roughly 2-to-1, which matches how Democrats have historically performed within the area.

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Barack Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand Win New York

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No surprises here. President Barack Obama and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both emerged victorious in New York State tonight.

Although countless voters remain in line at New York City precincts, which are required to remain open for all voters who showed up before 9 p.m., the Empire State’s overall preference for Democrats was still enough to overwhelm any ambiguity as to the ultimate victor.

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