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NYC Democrats de Blasio, Stringer, James, Katz all win easily

Ulrich the only victorious Republican in Queens on Election Day

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6:47 am | Updated: 7:09 am, Wed Nov 6, 2013.

Tuesday's elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.

Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.3 percent of the vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures reported by NY 1.

Fellow Democrat Scott Stringer won the office of comptroller by an even bigger margin, beating Republican John Burnett 80.5 percent to 16.6 percent.

Letitia James rounded out the Democrats' dominance in citywide offices, being elected public advocate with 83.6 percent of the vote. James had no Republican rival.

In Queens, Democrat Melinda Katz beat up Republican Tony Arcabascio in the race for borough president, winning 80.3 percent of the vote compared to her opponent's 17.1 percent.

The only Republican to win a race in Queens was Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who defeated challenger Lew Simon 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent in the 32nd District.

The open 19th Council District seat in northern Queens went to Democrat Paul Vallone, who beat Republican Dennis Saffran 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent.

The open 22nd District seat in northwestern Queens was won by Costa Constantinides, who took 65.6 percent of the vote, compared to 15 percent for Green Party candidate Lynn Serpe and 11.2 percent for Republican Daniel Peterson.

In the 24th District in central Queens, another open seat, Democrat Rory Lancman took Republican Alexander Blishteyn to the cleaners with a margin of victory of 73.7 percent to 20 percent.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) handily won re-election in the 30th District in southwestern Queens by taking down GOP challenger Craig Caruana 58.9 percent to 41.1 percent.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) won re-election by the biggest margin of anyone in Queens, cruising back into office with 92.2 percent of the vote compared to 5.1 percent for Republican Scherie Murray.

NY 1 did not immediately post results for the other contested races in Queens, those for District 20 in Flushing, District 23 in the northeastern part of the borough, District 27 in the southeastern section, District 28 in the Jamaica region, District 29 in Central Queens and District 34, which is mostly in Brooklyn but includes much of Ridgewood, in the borough's southwestern corner.

The Board of Elections could not be reached overnight, and usually provides preliminary results by noon the day after an election.

NY 1 also reported on two of the six statewide referenda that were on the ballot. Voters approved an expansion of casino gambling upstate 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent; and denied a bid to let state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges to serve until they are 80 years old, an extension of four years for the former and 10 for the latter.

The station did not immediately post results on the other initiatives on the ballot, which related to adding civil service credits for disabled veterans, allowing more municipal debt for sewage projects and giving the state more land in the Adirondacks.

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