Tish James Wins Public Advocate and Scott Stringer Is Your New Comptroller, New York
Tish James Public Advocate Victory
In another not very surprising race, City Councilmember Leticia "Tish" James has handily won the Public Advocate seat, edging out her opponents from the Green Party, the Libertarians, the War Veterans, the Freedom Party, the Conservative Party, and the Socialist Workers, marking the first time you've ever seen the names of most of those groups.
With an estimated turnout of 400,000 citywide, James took 82.9 percent of the vote, or 367,681 people. Most of the other candidates didn't squeak above 1 percent, and only one, the Conservative Party's Robert Maresca, even approached James, hitting 12.9 percent. Maresca is a Long Islander best known for trying to trademark the phrase "Occupy Wall Street" in October 2011.
Tonight was actually James' third victory; after Primary Day, she and Daniel Squadron proceeded to a bitterly fought, poorly attended runoff one that cost $13 million, or more than six times the yearly budget of the Public Advocate's office. James won that runoff with about 60 percent of the vote.
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None of the third-party candidates were even remotely viable. Only Deborah O. Liatos from the Socialist Workers and James Lane from the Green Party actually responded to questions to questions for a voter guide produced by the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
Here's the breakdown looked at 11:35, with a little over half the precincts reporting:
Letitia James, Democrat: 82.9 percent (367,681 votes) Robert P. Maresca, Conservative Party : 12.9 percent (57,019 votes) James Lane, Green Party: 1.8 percent (7,847 votes) Alex Merced, Libertarian: 1.1 percent (4,757 votes) Deborah Liatos, Socialist Worker Party: 0.6 percent (1,892 votes) Irene Estrada, War Veterans Party: 0.4 percent (2,164 votes) Mollena Fabricant, Students First: 0.2 percent (1,178 votes) Michael Lloyd, Freedom Party : 0.2 percent (901 votes)
Comptroller results on page two...
Though the majority of votes are still left to be counted, the early margin is so huge that it's clear we have our next comptroller, ladies and gentlemen. Scott Stringer will take the position in January, replacing John Liu, who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor in September. "What a surprise!" said absolutely no one.
This race stopped being interesting after Stringer defeated Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary by a 52-48 split. The seaminess of the Luv Gov's affairs as Governor of New York was just about the only thing spicing up a race for the pencil-pushing-est job in city government.
That is unless you don't count the absolutely baffling star power behind this boring functionary's campaign. Stringer managed to snag the support of such members of the hipster overground as Terry Richardson, Scarlett Johansson, and Lena Dunham.
Stringer has Audrey Gelman, a campaign aide, to thank for raising his profile from milquetoast Manhattan Borough President to serious contender. Connecting the candidate to her celebrity friends, Dunham chief among them, Gelman helped the campaign paint Stringer as the choice of the young and cool and hip. The Luv Gov's rep as a philandering creep might have had something to do with it, too.
With the Democratic nomination locked up, Stringer has coasted to the finish line. The other candidates in the race -- Republican John Burnett as Stringer's main rival -- were mostly in left in the cold, a couple of nerds knocking on the sliding glass door of the party all the cool kids were at, wondering how the nerdiest of them all slipped in.
At 10:44 p.m., the spread looks like this:
Scott Stringer, Democrat: 78.18 percent (135,393 votes) John Burnett, Republican, Conservative, School Choice: 18.71 percent (32,407 votes) Julia Willebrand, Green Party: 2.20 percent (3,810 votes) Hesham El Meligy, Libertarian: 0.57 percent (982 votes) John W. Studer, Socialist Worker Party: 0.22 percent (382 votes) Richard Bozulich, War Veterans Party: 0.12 percent (205 votes)
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