Close Races

 Close Races

Maurice Carroll, the Quinnipiac pollster, says the nearly 20-point spread separating Andrew Cuomo from Mark Green in the attorney general’s race is “the only race even close to close in tomorrow’s Democratic primary.”

This collective yawn has been a source of some modest frustration with those of us looking for dramatic political narratives this week. But it must have been particularly galling to the few local candidates who, unnoticed by most of the news-reading public, have found themselves locked in tight races for their political lives.

A quick count shows there are at least four contests whose outcomes are too close to call — which is my way of asking you to make the call in the comment section.

25th Senate District
Martin Connor v. Ken Diamondstone
Connor was ousted as the senate minority leader, has a quirky campaign finance issue that shows him in the red, and is facing a provocative and reasonably well-funded challenge from Diamondstone.

74th Assembly District
Sylvia Friedman v. Brian Kavanagh
Friedman won the seat as an insurgent in February, but lost the endorsement of the New York Times because she has worked too closely with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and because Kavanagh has carried the reform message more persuasively.

13th Senate District
John Sabini v. Hiram Monserrate
Sabini fended off a Monserrate-backed challenger two years ago, who showed surprising strength among the district’s African-American and increasingly powerful Hispanic constituency. Now, Monserrate himself is the candidate, and Sabini is counting on support from the Democratic establishment (see above) to help him hold on.

22nd Assembly District
Ellen Young v. Julia Harrison v. Terence Park
Incumbent Jimmy Meng retired after one term and his daughter was kicked off the ballot, making Ellen Young, a staffer for Councilman John Liu, the front-runner. But Harrison, a former councilwoman there, is formidable, and Park’s persistent campaign could be seen as a vote-drainer for Young.

— Azi Paybarah

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