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Chin Rallies Supporters, Looks Towards Tonight’s Victory Celebration

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Margaret Chin headed into today’s New York City General Election with few concerns about the outcome. The Democratic nominee in the District 1 City Council contest is virtually assured of victory. At a Chatham Square rally last night, one reporter asked of Chin’s nominal Republican opponent, Irene Horvath, “Is she still on the ballot?” The answer is yes, but given the overwhelming Democratic majority in the district, Chin has had the luxury of taking several victory laps in recent weeks on the way to her historic achievement later tonight: officially becoming the first Chinese American to represent Chinatown.

Ever since her victory over incumbent Alan Gerson in September’s Primary, Chin has been urging voters to come out to the polls, in spite of the expected outcome. Yesterday she campaigned with Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. Today she has a very full schedule. Chin voted at 630 this morning, before heading over to Independence Plaza in Tribeca. Later today, she’ll visit polling locations near the South Street Seaport, the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. At 6pm, Chin will campaign at Conficius Plaza, and then head over to her victory celebration at the Grand Harmony Restaurant on Mott Street.

Chin and other Downtown Democrats are hoping a big turnout in Chinatown will give Thompson the boost he needs to overcome Michael Bloomberg. Chin’s presence on the ballot, along with John Liu, the Democratic candidate for NYC comptroller, could inflate turnout both in Manhattan’s Chinatown, as well as in Flushing.

The Lo-Down will be catching up with Margaret Chin this afternoon, and staying with her through tonight’s celebration. You can catch our election day tweets at http://twitter.com/thelodownny.

If you’re not sure where to vote today, here’s a link to the Board of Election’s poll site locator.

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