[UPDATE BELOW]Marxist crime enthusiast de Blasio wasn't the only total non-surprise winner last night, which also saw the expected victories for Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer, the Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx Borough Presidents as well as the re-election of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
James, who will take over the mayor-elect's old job, ran virtually unopposed after beating fellow Democrat Daniel Squadron in an exhausting $13 million runoff election last month, and capped off the general election non-nailbiter with 83 percent of the vote. Her challenger, Conservative Party candidate Robert Maresca, raked in 12 percent—only about half of what Republican mayoral candidate Lhota got!
James is now the first black woman in New York to have been elected to a citywide office. "Yes, this is indeed historical because our government must be representative of all New Yorkers," she said in her victory speech. "We won this election because New Yorkers want a strong, activist public advocate who has the vision, the guts and constitution and the values to stand up for working class and middle class New Yorkers."
Stringer's comptroller victory was another Democratic landslide, with the current Manhattan Borough President trouncing Republican challenger John Burnett with 80 percent of the vote to the Burnett's measly 17 percent. And Vance, who got off to a rocky start in office a few years ago, handily beat challenger Peter Gleason with 85 percent of the vote. In Brooklyn, Ken Thompson upset longtime incumbent DA Charles Hynes.
As for the borough presidents, there were four landslide Democratic winners: current City Councilwoman Gale Brewer won the Manhattan BP spot with 86 percent of the vote, Eric Adams won the Brooklyn BP seat uncontested with 90 percent of the vote, Melinda Katz was elected Queens' BP with 76 percent of the vote and sitting Bronx Borough President (and noted pizza enthusiast) Ruben Diaz, Jr. was re-elected with 88 percent of the vote. One lone Republican, James Oddo, was elected Staten Island's BP, with 70 percent of the vote.
And there's more good, if not particularly shocking, news for New York City Democrats; at least 21 new City Council members were elected yesterday, with a few Democrats taking over seats formerly occupied by Republicans. Disgraced Republican/alleged ritualistic pagan Dan Halloran ceded his seat to Democrat Paul Vallone in Bayside, for instance, and Rockaway Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich looks like he might lose his Council spot to Democrat Lew Simon. Viva la revolucion!
[Update 3:35 p.m.]: Don't break out the sickles and hammers just yet, Rockaway—Ulrich's campaign has announced the Republican held onto his seat with 53 percent of the vote.