6 NOVEMBER 5, 2020 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Early results are in as Election Day comes to a close
BY ZACH GEWELB AND JACOB KAYE
Election Day has come and gone and early results for the Queens races
have started to trickle in.
Polling places across Queens were open one last time on Nov. 3 from
6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Although over 250,000 voters in Queens cast their ballot
early – accounting for about 22 percent of all the early votes cast in New York
City – the results of both national and local races will likely be unknown for
some time, as thousands of absentee ballots must still be counted.
While a fi nal picture was not clear as Election Day came to a close Tuesday
night, here are the early, unoffi cial results from the city’s Board of Elections
as of Wednesday morning.
In addition to the presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe
Biden, a handful of other races also appeared on the ballot in Queens. Here
is a full list of every candidate running for offi ce in the borough, with early
results as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 4.
QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT
While the borough may not know defi nitively who the next Queens borough
president is for days or weeks, Councilman Donovan Richards holds an early
lead in the race.
Richards, a Democrat from southeast Queens, received about 67 percent of
the vote, or about 380,449 votes as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, with around
96 percent of scanners reported. His Republican opponent, Joann Ariola, had
173,056 votes, while third party candidate Dao Yin held 11,696 votes.
Richards beat out four challengers to win the Democratic primary for
Queens borough president in June and has served in the City Council since
Running on the Republican, Conservative and Save Our City party lines,
Ariola is the chairwoman of the Queens County Republican Party.
THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Tom Suozzi leads the race against Howard Rabin (Libertarian)
and George Devolder-Santos (Republican) with more than 54 percent
of the vote, with nearly 96 percent of precincts reported as of Wednesday
morning. Devolder-Santos is trailing Suozzi with more than 45 percent of the
vote, followed by Rabin. Suozzi was fi rst elected to Congress in 2016. He beat
out a Republican challenger in 2018, earning 59 percent of the vote. Rabin is
running against Suozzi on the Libertarian party line. This is his fi rst bid for
public offi ce. Devolder-Santos is challenging Suozzi on the Republican and
Conservative party line. This is his fi rst bid for public offi ce.
FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Gregory Meeks (Democrat) is running unopposed and has
garnered 99 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts reported as of
Wednesday morning. He’s held his seat in southeast Queens since 1998. Meeks
also serves as the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party.
SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Grace Meng (Democrat) is leading Thomas Zmich (Republican),
having recorded nearly 63 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts reported
as of Wednesday morning. Meng is vying for her fi ft h term in Congress.
She is the fi rst and only legislator of Asian descent to represent New York in
the U.S. House of Representatives. She won 90 percent of the vote in 2018.
SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Nydia Velazquez (Democrat) is leading Brian Kelly (Republican)
and Gilbert Midonnet (Libertarian) with nearly 83 percent of the vote and
98 percent of precincts reported as of Wednesday morning. Velazquez is a
longtime congresswoman, having served in the legislative body since 1993.
Kelly previously ran for City Council in 2017, state Senate in 2010 and 2016
and state Assembly in 2014. He has never won a general election. Midonnet
is a soft ware developer from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Hakeem Jeffries (Democrat) is leading Garfield Wallace
Voters wait in line at Queen of Angels Parish Center in Sunnyside.
Photo by Dean Moses
(Republican), having recorded nearly 83 percent of the vote with 94
percent precincts reported as of Wednesday morning. Jeffries has
served in Congress since 2013. Jeffries won over 94 percent of the vote
12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Longtime Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Democratic) is leading
Carlos Santiago-Cano (Republican) and Steven Kolln (Libertarian) with
nearly 79 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of the precincts reported as
of Wednesday morning. Maloney faced a tough challenge during June’s
Democratic primaries, eking out a victory over three progressive challengers.
One of the top Democrats in Congress, Maloney has served in the
body since 1993.
14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat) is leading John Cummings
(Republican) and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (SAM), having recorded
nearly 69 percent of the vote with 99 percent precincts reported as of
Wednesday morning. Cummings trails with more than 30 percent of the
vote. Progressive star Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the Queens Democratic
party by defeating its leader in 2018, aims to win her second general election.
This is Cummings’ first time running for public office.
10TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
Incumbent James Sanders Jr. (Democrat) is running unopposed and has
recorded 99 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of precincts reported as
of Wednesday morning. Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013
after previously serving in the New York City Council.
11TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
Incumbent John Liu (Democrat) is leading Elisa Nahoum (Republican)
with nearly 58 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning, with 98
percent of precincts reported. Liu is seeking his second term in the New
York State Senate. Liu previously served as the city’s comptroller and as
a councilman. Nahoum, who has been endorsed by the Police Benevolent
Association, is running for public office for the first time.
12TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
Incumbent Michael Gianaris (Democrat) is running unopposed and
has 99 percent of the votes with 93 percent of precincts reported as of
Wednesday morning. Gianaris was first elected to the state Senate in 2010
and currently serves as the deputy majority leader.