CM Margaret Chin Narrowly Passes Christopher Marte in Bid to Hang on for Another 4 Years

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin narrowly defeated strong contender Christopher Marte in the local elections for District 1 last night. The perceived victory was by a slim margin of roughly 200 votes (i.e. 5,220 to 5,020). Technically, too close to call. Barring a miracle, she will likely hang onto her seat for another four years, stretching her reign to a third term thanks to Bloomberg’s power-play in 2009.

Tally via WNYC

Elsewhere in the political field last night:

Mayor Bill de Blasio handily defeated Sal Albanese in the Democratic primary by more than fifty percentage points.

Current Public Advocate Letitia James secured the Democratic nomination in the face of challenges by David Eisenbach. She got 76.4% of the vote.

Carlina Rivera defeated another crowded field in the City Council race for District 2. She took home 60.9% of the vote.

Tally via NY1

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