Half the people who voted in the Presidential election two years ago didn't show up for yesterday's midterm election in NYC. But who can blame them, when the candidates were so boring compared to the glamorous unicorn-taming, rainbow-making President? Perhaps Virginia Moise, a 21-year-old student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, said it best to the Daily News: "I don’t usually follow politics. I voted for Obama, but I haven’t paid attention lately." When asked to name a gubernatorial candidate, she replied, "David Cuomo or something."
Almost 1,146,000 city residents voted yesterday, compared to 2.4 million in 2008. That Cuomo what's-his-face ultimately won 70 percent of the vote, with Carl Paladino taking 14%, and Charles Barron of the Freedom Party and Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High party each drew more than 1 percent. (Here are the statewide results.) In the Senate, it's still unclear which party will win control of the majority, if at all. WNYC reports:
All but three races have been called, and those are dead heats: Incumbent Democrats in the 60th and 37th Districts are split 50-50 with their Republican challengers (in one case, with 99 percent of precincts reporting), while another race in the 7th District shows Republican Jack Martins barely ahead of Craig Johnson, 51-49.
The best Democrats can hope for is to tie with Republicans, making the state senate 31-31. Such a result would almost certainly mean gridlock in the capitol, after an election in which "cleaning up Albany" was the focus of nearly every campaign.
Asked today about the fate of the Senate, Mayor Bloomberg reportedly said, "Worst case...a tie, and then chaos. I don’t know how you work that out." Oh, we're sure they'll figure out a way to do nothing somehow.