10:52PM: Take this however you like: I count at least five NYC City Council incumbents who've lost tonight: Alan Gerson (District 1), Maria Baez (14), Helen Sears (25), Kendall Stewart (45), and Kenneth Mitchell (49). Another, Thomas White (28), is currently losing by three votes with a few precincts outstanding. Four more incumbents won with less than 50%, and the City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, won with about 53%.
10:38PM (David): Results here. Cyrus Vance wins the DA's race, and Bill Thompson wins the mayoral primary. With most of the vote counted, it looks like the Comptroller's race will go to a run-off between John Liu and David Yassky. The big surprise is probably Bill DeBlasio leading the Public Advocate's race over Mark Green - this one also looks destined for a runoff.
For those of you who live in New York City, or have moved here in anticipation of DavidNYC's eventual primary challenge to someone or other, today is the long-awaited 2009 primary.
Because of the city's geographic complexity, we're voting on everything from district leader to district attorney, from city council to a special assembly race. Because of the city's recent political complexity (largely due to the controversial term limits extension), there are also many more races than usual with a pack of challengers.
Counting just the city races (not county races like D.A. or state races like Assembly), we have 152 candidates today. How many can you vote for?
The major contested races are:
- Public Advocate
- Manhattan District Attorney
- Queens Borough President
- Special election for NY AD 38
- A cornucopia of City Council matchups
- Your favorite race that I forgot
This is New York. Nobody knows what's going on. But let's hear your predictions. Be sure to show your work.
Polls close at 9pm. Don't forget to vote in the actual booths as well as in the comments area below.