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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bronx Election Day Blogging

So, we expect to have regular updates throughout Election Day today. Today is primary day.

Just a few observations to get things going:

  • I was the 9th person to vote at my polling station in Kingsbridge Heights at almost 9 a.m. Usually, people vote on their way to work and their way home from work, so the likelihood is that turnout will be minuscule. It will be interesting to see how few votes it takes for candidates to achieve victory today.
  • The low turnout is undoubtedly due to the many low-profile -- shall I say, obscure? -- races. I have to admit, I didn't even remember that this is when candidates for district leader, delegates to the judicial convention, and State Democratic Committee are on the ballot.
  • The Efrain Gonzalez -Pedro Espada Senate race (33rd District) is not low profile, though. Local mailboxes have been flooded with mailers from Espada and from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, essentially on Gonzalez's behalf (more on this later) and Espada and his supporters have been criss-crossing the district in a flat-bed truck with blaring speakers. But Gonzalez is under indictment and Espada has his own ethics problems. That probably doesn't drive up turnout.
  • This is the first time there has been a real blitz of advertising and campaigning for Civil Court judge. As we've reported in the Norwood News, the Civil Court race is essentially a proxy war between a rebel group of Bronx lawmakers (assemblymen and state senators) and Jose Rivera, the assemblyman who is chief of the Bronx Democratic Party.
Stay tuned.


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