September 12 NYC & More Primary Liveblog

Results: Charlotte (NC BoE) || Cleveland (WJW-TV) || NYC (NYC BoE) || NYC (NYT) || Buffalo (BoE) || Rochester (BoE) || Nassau, NY (BoE) || Rensselaer, NY (BoE) || Westchester, NY (BoE) || Toledo (WTOL-TV)

10:55 ET- One last update; Cleveland is half in. Jackson is at 39, with Reed leading Johnson 19-15 for the second slot. This will conclude our liveblog for the night.

10:52 ET- Latimer has won 64-36 in Westchester. Laura Curran has won in Nassau. Rensselaer is too close to call and may head to a recount; McLaughlin is up 51-49.

10:50 ET- Brown has won 51-35 in Buffalo. Hicks-Hudson and Kapszukiewicz have advanced with 42 and 32 respectively in Toledo.

9:48 ET- Potential upset alert in Buffalo. Byron Brown (D) is up on Mark Schroeder (D) just 46-40 with 25% in.

9:46 ET- In Toledo, Hicks-Hudson is up 46-30 on Kapszukiewicz with Waniewski at 24. Rochester is a snoozer as incumbent Lovely Warren (D) is up 63-20 with over half in.

9:45 ET- For the NYC Council, all incumbents have won and essentially all establishment favorites have prevailed as well, though Margaret Chin (D) in CD-1 has had a very close shave with a 47-44 win.

9:33 ET- Latimer is up 62-38 for Westchester County Exec (D). Eric Gonzalez (D) has won a full term as Brooklyn DA.

9:25 ET- Incumbent Lovely Warren (D) has a commanding lead in Rochester with 62%.

9:23 ET- It looks like McGee (R) and Rehner (D) will advance in MS-LD-102, with McGee leading 41-29 and Rs taking the rest.

9:21 ET- Hicks-Hudson is at 53 in Toledo with Kapszukiewicz second, up 27-19.

9:17 ET- Looks like DeBlasio will have about 70%.

9:15 ET- Democrats have easily picked up OK-LD-46.

9:02 ET- DeBlasio is leading Albanese 68-19 in the first votes.

9:00 ET- Polls have closed in New York.

8:58 ET- Early vote is in for Toledo. Hicks-Hudson is well in first, with Kapszukiewicz leading Waniewski for second.

8:50 ET- A quarter is in and I’m just about ready to call Charlotte for Lyles; she is holding that 47-37 lead on Roberts.

8:40 ET- First results in from Cleveland, finally. In the early vote, Jackson is at 43%, with Reed leading Johnson 19-17 for second and Chrostowski at 10; no one else is above 3.

8:30 ET- About 10% in and Lyles is still up 47-37.

8:20 ET- Toledo’s results will be delayed because of a server crash.

8:00 ET- Polls have closed for special elections in MS and OK.

7:45 ET- Lyles is up 47-37 on Roberts in the early vote for Charlotte.

7:30 ET- Polls have now closed in Charlotte, Cleveland, and Toledo.


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  • rdelbov September 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I can remember when Cleveland had several really oustanding GOP Mayors!!!

    Charlotte as well!

    • Manhatlibertarian September 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      As they used to sing on “All in the Family” – “Those were the days”

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Another Dem flip.

    Looks like Democrat Charlie St. Clair has won the special @NHHouseofReps election in Belknap 9 by about 360 votes

    29, M, R, NY-10

    • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      56-39 Trump district.

      Belknap 9 @NHHouseofReps Democrat St. Clair wins over GOPer Whalley, unofficial totals are 1,267-1009, or 258 votes/56-44%

      29, M, R, NY-10

      • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        Must be all those illegal out of state same day registration voters….

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  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    @Shamlet quick correction. NY absentee ballot vote is not opened or counted until 7 days after the election. Those early returns are actual election day returns

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  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Kings County DA Eric Gonzalez holds a commanding early lead in his primary for reelection with 52% in crowded field

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  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Monserrate up 53-47 with 10% in.

    29, M, R, NY-10

    • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      I’d be shocked if that holds

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      • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        23% in. No change

        29, M, R, NY-10

    • bluewahoo September 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Moya up with 43% in now

      • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

        Moya up 10 with 65% in

        29, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Chaim Deutsch has 80%.

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Koo up 59-41, 47% reporting.

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    De Blasio only up 55-38 on Staten Island.

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Wow. Another Democratic pickup in an Oklahoma state House special. This time an absolute 62-38 blowout in a 52-41 Trump district around Norman

    The slaughter is coming.

    29, M, R, NY-10

    • TheWizardOf144 September 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Lol. The Democrat got 5k fewer votes than 2016. This is indicative of nothing.

      • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm

        Everything is fine. Post the gif

        29, M, R, NY-10

      • buckeyes95 September 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        That isn’t really a good argument, a lot of Republicans who won in 2010 won with fewer votes than the Republican who ran in that same race in 2008, there’s practically always a dropoff on both sides from presidential election years to midterms/special elections.

        R in OH-12

      • lordpet8 September 12, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        That sounds nice until you realize the GOP candidate got nearly 9K fewer votes.

        What’s more amusing is that the result from 2016 is basically reversed with the Democrat losing by 20 points last November only to win by 20 tonight.

        • TheWizardOf144 September 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

          You just made my point. It isn’t like our people are voting Democrat. They just aren’t voting. In these off year specials with total R hegemony of every branch of government, that’s no surprise.

    • Boehnerwasright September 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Or the budget crisis in Oklahoma which already lead to 4-day weeks in some schools has more to do with it. Like Kansas the GOP in Oklahoma cuts taxes too much and to fast, with similar results.

      • TexasR September 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

        Yeah. This is why I wouldn’t be surprised if the Democrats were to flip OK-Gov next year.

        Whatever we're talking about, it's all Frank Meyer's fault
        Be careful what you wish for

        • Boehnerwasright September 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm

          I agree, I have OK-Gov as a sleeper race on my radar. Potential wave year for dems, combined with the budget mess and an open seat could make this race interesting.

        • Tekzilla September 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

          Yup, especially since they landed the best possible non Henry/Boren recruit.

          36/M/NY-01 (D)

      • Ryan_in_SEPA September 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

        Such draconian budget issues impact us in states like Oklahoma and Kansas far more than they impact us in places like Pennsylvania because how school funding is such a state function in Oklahoma and Kansas while it is far more of a local function in Pennsylvania. Basically most Republican districts in Pennsylvania could run until April without a dime of state cash. Some can go the entire year without a dime of state cash and just slash summer programs (my district, West Chester). On the other hand, most Democratic districts would be running out of cash by January.

        31, PA-6, fiscally conservative communitarian, Giant Meteor 2020 - Just End It Already!

    • Mississippi Political Geek September 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      I’m not too surprised at Oklahoma’s HD-46 results either. Like almost all of the recent Dem gains in the Oklahoma Legislature, it sounds to me that it is an establishment GOP district where Trump under-performed last year like previous gains in the OKC and Tulsa metro areas.

      Moreover, while HD-46 is probably the most conservative district that contains parts of Norman (Home of the University of Oklahoma); any legislative districts that has parts or all of a college town tend to exhibit a pro-education bent in terms of public policy choice. A comparable district in my home state would be Mississippi’s HD-12 anchored by Oxford (Home of the University of Mississippi/Ole Miss). Even during the excellent year of 2015 for the state GOP, State Rep. Brad Mayo (Rep) was unseated by Oxford Alderman Jay Hughes (Dem) amid a heated ballot initiative vote regarding to public school funding.

      On Mississippi’s HD-102, can anyone shed further lights into its geographical and political complexion? I only know it is anchored by the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, resulting in a relatively well-educated district by Mississippi standards. Thanks!

      37, Dem-Leaning Independent. MS-02 via FL-21 and FL-10.

  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    If New York had a california-style jungle primary top two for municipal elections deBlasio would be toast. The low turnout closed Democratic primary is why he is Mayor and why he’ll probably be reelected

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    • Boehnerwasright September 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      I seriously doubt deBlasio would be toast even in a top two format. His re-election would be tougher for sure if a centrist dem can combine moderate dem voters+ some GOP voters, but it is not certain a centrist dem can even make second place. The anti-deBlasio vote could simply be split so much that the GOP nominee gets the second spot.

      • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

        In a city of 8.5 million people deBlasio can win Dem primary for mayor of New York with under 300,000 votes.

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        • Boehnerwasright September 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm

          The 2013 general election had about 1 million people voting and deBlasio got 800,000 of them. While a somewhat competative race might bring that number up. the turnout for a local election in a off-off year like 2013/2017 will always be bad and comparing these numbers to all people living in NY is misleading.

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Fun Fact: Albanese beat de Blasio in Boro Park’s AD-48.

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Koo won 58-42

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • NYC_DINO September 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Today’s the first election day I haven’t voted in many many years. 🙁

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Moya won 55-45

    29, M, R, NY-10

    • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Way closer than anyone expected

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  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    80% reporting 34 minutes after polls close.

    NYC has really made great strides!

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Sal Albanese has conceded

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  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Ruben Diaz has won a seat on the city council and will open up his State Senate District

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  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez is losing his bid for City Council

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  • Izengabe September 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    assemblymanMark Gkonaj is winning his city council primary

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    • Manhatlibertarian September 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      No surprise he outspent his opponents with about a $750,000 expenditure, a record for the NYC Council

  • Conservative First September 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    OK-SD-37: O’Hara wins R primary

  • Manhatlibertarian September 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm


    3 out of the 4 Assemblymen and the 1 state senator who ran for open NYC council seats won

    The 3 Dem social conservatives running for NYC city council seats, Koo, Diaz and Cabrera all won

    NYC Councilman Mark Levine defeated anti-Semitic candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre by a huge margin

    Transexual candidate Mel Wymore lost to incumbent NYC Councilman Helen Rosenthal

  • MosheM September 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Byron Brown won 51-35

    29, M, R, NY-10

  • Manhatlibertarian September 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Some more tidbits:

    Looks to me that all Dem NYC Council incumbents won their primaries. No great urge to change things I guess.

    But in the Queens 19th CD, Dem incumbent Vallone beat his challenger, Graziano, by only 55% to 45%, not the greatest showing for an incumbent. Not too long ago this NE Queens district had a GOP councilman, but it doesn’t look like the GOP put up a candidate who can make a play for the district.

    In the only open NYC council district that I think might be competitive, the 43rd in SW Brooklyn, the Dem, NYC Council staffer Justin Brannan won his primary with 38.7% of the vote, while in the GOP primary legislative staffer John Quaglione won with 48.7% of the vote. But 9210 votes were cast in the Dem primary while only 3671 were cast in the GOP primary. To win Quaglione will have to attract a number of registered Dems. If Malliotakis carries the district over deBlasio in a low turnout election that may help him.

    Looks like the racial makeup of the NYC council will remain about 50% non Hispanic white vs about 50% Black/Hispanic/Asian.

    Two of the open LGBT NYC Council members didn’t run again so I think the LGBT caucus will shrink to 5, unless one or more of the new Council members is LGBT (I’m not aware that any are off the top of my head)

    In Erie County, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, a centrist Dem who was denied the Dem nomination for Erie County Clerk because he accepted the GOP nomination, won the primaries for the Reform, Conservative and Independence Party lines.

  • shamlet September 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    University police chief Larry Zacarese (R) has beat State Sen. Phil Boyle (R) in the Suffolk Sheriff primary.

    R, MD-7. Put not your trust in princes. Process is more important than outcome.

  • Manhatlibertarian September 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    In a surprise upset, Larry Zacarese, a former member of the NYPD and currently Assistant Chief of the Stony Brook University Police defeated State Senator Phil Boyle for the GOP nomination for Suffolk County Sheriff by 12,282 to 9,567. This is significant because it appears the Dems won’t have a candidate, so the winner of the GOP primary should be the next sheriff, but also because if Boyle had won it would have created a GOP vacancy in the closely divided state senate.

    • Tekzilla September 13, 2017 at 12:27 am

      Did Caroleo drop out or something?

      36/M/NY-01 (D)

      • Manhatlibertarian September 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

        Yes Caroleo dropped out

  • Manhatlibertarian September 13, 2017 at 12:03 am

    With 97.43% of the vote in, deBlasio has about 74% of the Dem primary vote or 324021 out of 436817. His only real competitor, former NYC Councilman Sal Albanese only got about 15%. Three some dude candidates split the rest of the vote.

  • StatenIslandTest September 13, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Albanese landslide in SIs South Shore 62nd AD lol.

    31, Jersey City

    • Son_of_the_South September 13, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Even SI’s Democrats hate De Blasio lol.

      24, R, TN-09
      Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

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