We finally have some final outcomes from the pandemic primary. Election officials were overwhelmed with mail-in ballots for last month’s Democratic Primary. The counting is taking place very slowly, and just in the past week, a clear picture of the victors on election night began to emerge.
In the 65th Assembly District, incumbent Yuh-Line Niou declared victory on Wednesday, noting in a press release that she claimed about 64% of the vote. Niou said:
After a long process and a few weeks of waiting, I am humbled and honored to announce that we have widened our margins and have decisively won this primary election. We won the democratic vote in every neighborhood and nearly every election district, showing that New Yorkers of all walks of life believe in our bold vision and fight for progressive values. We built a movement driven by the belief that together, we can create a fairer, more just, city and state.
Meanwhile, challenger Grace Lee put out a statement, as well, acknowledging the outcome:
As our election cycle comes to a close, I want to thank the nearly 5,000 voters across Lower Manhattan who believed in our vision for new leadership, and to congratulate my opponent and thank her for a spirited race. I am proud of the movement our supporters built to elevate the critical issues our community faces by calling for real relief to all residents during the pandemic, supporting our small and immigrant-owned businesses, fighting for the safe remediation of the toxic site next to two elementary schools on Water Street, and being the first to call for the cancelation of NYCHA rent… Elections like ours are an essential part of maintaining an active democracy that lifts up the voices of our communities and that centers on their needs. I look forward to working alongside our community toward these goals.
The general election will take place Nov. 3, but the primary was the decisive event. In the Lower Manhattan Assembly district, the Democratic nominee is virtually assured of victory.