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To no one's surprise, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was elected the next Governor, Senator Hillary Clinton was re-elected, and Andrew Cuomo was elected Attorney General. (Democrat Alan Hevesi was re-elected Comptroller, but more on that later.) But the dynamics are interesting: Spitzer won in a "historic landslide" and Clinton managed to take votes of 20-25% of Republican voters. After a victory speech that included a reference to Ali G, Spitzer will have to make good on his mandate for sweeping change - and he'll need to figure out how to work with Mayor Bloomberg on a number of issues, from development to school financing.

Four House seats turned over to the Democrats, but the Republicans managed to keep control of the State Senate. Check out the election results here at NY1.

There were some voting glitches in the city, but watchdog groups said things seemed to be "normal." (We're guessing it's because the races weren't very heated - funny how the big elections seem to be the primaries.) However, the NYPD had to break into a polling site in the Bronx. From the Post:

Joyce Davis, a retired city employee, said the center was shut tight when she showed up at 7 a.m. and election workers couldn't explain why it hadn't opened on schedule at 6 a.m.

John Ravitz, executive director of the city's Board of Elections, said voting machines were in place but the custodian was nowhere to be found to open the building at 5:45 a.m.

"No one was answering any of the emergency numbers we had," he recalled. Enter the NYPD. Cops had to stage a break in to allow the balloting to proceed. Davis said she finally got to cast her ballot at 8:40 a.m.

How was your voting experience? Quiet or chaotic?

Now the stage has been set for Hillary Clinton - as well as Bloomberg and Giuliani - to think about 2008. It's going to be an interesting two years till then.

Photograph of Attorney General-elect Andrew Cuomo, Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer, and Senator Hillary Clinton by Frank Franklin/AP