AOC wins, incumbents ahead in Democratic primaries

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

In her first Democratic primary since vanquishing longtime Congressman Joe Crowley, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated three challengers hoping to unseat the progressive firebrand.

In a race that the Associated Press called last night, AOC won with a whopping 27,460 votes, or 72.4 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. AOC later called the victory “a mandate.”

Former CNBC anchor Michell Caruso-Cabrera, who was running a well-funded campaign to the center, received 7,393 votes, good for 19.5 percent.

Other challengers included Community Board 2 member Badrun Khan, who got 2,040 votes (5 percent) and Sam Sloan, who got 932 votes (2.5 percent).

48799914406_31f4f2cafb_oIn the State Senate, Michael Gianaris topped challenger Iggy Terranova with 14,114 votes, good for 73 percent. Terranova, a former DSNY official, got 4,989 votes, or 26 percent.

State Senator Jessica Ramos, who represents parts of Woodside as well, won 11,998 votes, or 84 percent, against challenger Diana Sanchez, who only got 2,245 votes, nearly 16 percent.

From left to right: Regent Judith Chin, Orlaith Staunton, PS 150 Principal Carmen Parache, Ciaran Staunton, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, NYS Chancellor Betty Rosa.
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, right, speaks in Sunnyside.

In the race for the 37th Assembly District, longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan faced two challengers to her left: Danielle Brecker and Mary Jobaida.

As of this morning, with 95.6 percent of precincts reporting, Nolan got 4,314 votes, representing 52.3 percent of the vote. Jobaida received 2,711 votes, good for 33 percent, and Brecker got 1,196 votes, or 14.5 percent.

Though absentee ballots will still play a role, Nolan is comfortably ahead by 1,603 votes.

In the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all candidates with 41,915 votes, good for 37.2 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Donovan is former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who has 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Councilman Costa Constantinides is coming in third, with 17,164 votes, or 15 percent. Closely behind him is Anthony Miranda, with 14.7 percent, and Dao Yin, with 4.5 percent.

Though Richards is ahead by a decent margin, this is another race that will be decided by absentee ballots.

Taking a look at races for district leader, which are unpaid elected posts within the Democratic Party, longtime District Leader Deirdre Feerick is losing to trans activist Emilia Decaudin, 2,451 (52.5 percent) to 2,190 (47 percent) for District 37 Part A.

For Female District Leader in District 37 Part B, Melissa Bieri topped Diane Ballek, 2,066 (75 percent) to 681 (25 percent).

As for the Male District Leaders, in District 37 Part A, Jesse Laymon is ahead of Michael McGuire, 2,427 (53 percent) to 2,106 (46 percent).

In District 37 Part B, Derek Evers appears to have defeated Ian Magerkurth, 1,819 (66 percent) to 927 (33 percent).

We’ll have to count absentee ballots before determining the winners in these races too.

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