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Linda Rosenthal picked up Scott Stringer’s vacant West Side State Assembly seat yesterday with 61% of the vote; her nearest rival, the well-financed Charles Simon, got 23%. With a handful of candidates still looking at September primary challenges. Her margin seems good enough to make her a favorite but probably not good enough to scare anyone off.

Also, Gotham Gazette’s Amy Ngai is alarmed by the whole special election process.

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