An upset has brewed in Brooklyn. So far, former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson is 10 points up on 23-year veteran Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes with 82 percent of the vote in. Such an outcome, as we noted earlier, would be a shocker. No sitting DA has lost such a race in 100 years.
The returns suggest that perhaps Brooklyn voters had finally tired of Hynes and all of the controversies and scandals that dogged at his heels in recent years. “This election was about change and getting rid of a corrupt politician,” said Abe George, a one-time candidate who stepped out of the race, he said tonight, to give Thompson a better chance to win. We caught up to George at Thompson’s election night event. (We couldn’t reach the Hynes folks tonight, but we think they would object to George’s characterization.)
Hynes could still run on the republican-conservative line in November, by the way, setting up an interesting rematch.
In the comptroller’s race, Scott Stringer won with a four-point lead over Eliot Spitzer, in a race that was perhaps the most vicious of all. Spitzer big-footed Stringer in entering the race when Stringer thought he had victory assured, and then had to overcome a huge disadvantage in name recognition to make it a fight. Spitzer finally conceded at around 11:20 p.m.
Meanwhile, in the democratic primary for mayor, Bill de Blasio has a 14 point lead over Bill Thompson, with Christine Quinn at 16 percent, John Liu at 11, and Anthony Weiner, who has given his concession speech, at 6 points. Currently, de Blasio has 39 percent, just under the magic 40 percent plateau he would need to avoid a run-off.
Republican candidate Joe Lhota has a 51 to 42 percent lead over supermarket magnate John Catsimatides.
Also, it looks like Vito Lopez, who was scandalized in the assembly sexual harassment imbroglio, is going to lose his attempt to stay on the public dime in the city council.