2006-09-14 / Other News

No Surprise Winners After Tuesday's Primary Election

By Neil S. Friedman

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer cruised to landslide victories in Tuesday's state Democratic primary. Clinton's margin of victory was nearly 5-1 over virtually unknown anti-war opponent Jonathan Tasini. Clinton will face Republican primary winner John Spencer, who defeated K.T. McFarland, 60 percent to 40 percent, in the November election. Spitzer, who crusaded against corporate excess, while the state's attorney general will face Republican opponent John Faso, the former Assembly minority leader, on the November ballot.

One-time federal Housing Secreta-ry Andrew Cuomo easily won the Democratic nomination for attorney general over former New York City Public Advocate and mayoral wannabe Mark Green. Cuomo's GOP challenger in November is Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

The citywide turnout fluctuated according to communities, but was estimated at moderate overall, which is heavier than usual for such balloting.

Locally, interim state Assemblyman Alan Maisel easily won his first election since he was named to fill the post vacated by Frank Seddio, who was appointed a Surrogate Court judge earlier this year. Maisel, who had 72 percent of votes cast, defeated Democra-tic rival Abraham Levy, who had less than 28 percent.

In one of the borough's most hotly contested races, City Council member Yvette Clarke had nearly 2,500 more votes than her closest challenger, David Yassky, for the 11th Congres-sional District seat being vacated by Rep. Major Owens, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Carl Andrews and Chris Owens, the congressman's son, got 11,000 and 9,400 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Congressman Edolphus

Towns, with 47 percent of the vote, defeated Democratic opponents Charles Barron (38 percent) and Roger Green (15 percent) in the 10th district.

Incumbent assembly member Diane Gordon (57 percent) had more than the combined total of opponents Kenneth Evans and Winchester Key, for the 40th District` seat.

Incumbent District 21 State Senator Kenneth Parker outdistanced challenger Noach Dear by nearly 4,000 votes and is expected to retain his seat in the heavily Democratic district.

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