Richards leads BP race, Meng wins primary

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In the hotly-contested race for Queens borough president, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is in second place as we wait for absentee ballots to be counted.

Hundreds of thousands of voters turned out, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, to vote at their polling places. But tens of thousands more voted through absentee ballots.

We likely won’t know the results of every primary race until July.

But according to unofficial results from the New York City Board of Elections, with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all BP candidates with 41,915 votes, or 37 percent.

Crowley, who racked up major union endorsements, received 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Other Democratic candidates include Councilman Costa Constantinides with 17,164 votes (15 percent), Anthony Miranda with 16,613 votes (14.7 percent) and Dao Yin with 5,028 votes (4.4 percent).

Though Richards is leading by a decent margin, we will wait until all ballots are counted to declare a winner.

The Democratic nominee will likely face Joann Ariola, the Republican’s pick, in the general election in November.

In the 6th Congressional District, which includes Middle Village, Congresswoman Grace Meng defeated challenger Melquiades Gagarin and Sandra Choi.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Meng, who is seeking re-election to her fifth term in office, received 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the district.

Gagarin, a progressive activist, won 5,261 votes, or 21 percent. Choi, another first-time candidate, received 4,318 votes, good for 17 percent.

 

Though the district leans heavily Democratic, Meng will still face Republican nominee Thomas Zmich in the general election in November.

On the state level, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and State Senator Joe Addabbo did not face primary challengers.

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