--Jake Tapper, White House Correspondent for ABC News
The Conservative Party was founded as a response to the liberal Republicanism of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Now, ironically, it's providing a ballot line refuge to Rick Lazio, a pro-choice candidate rejected by Republicans for not being conservative enough. To keep its ballot line, the party must receive at least 50,000 votes for governor on Election Day.
Rick Lazio was a tough sell among New York Democrats, who never forgot his menacing approach to Hillary Clinton ten years ago in their debate for U.S. Senate. But just like Carl Paladino became a blank slate for Tea Partiers and Republicans who were frustrated with the establishment, so too can he become a palimpest for Democrats looking for an alternative to Cuomo, who wrapped up the nomination with virtually no discussion.
Pedro Espada urged voters to "Defend What's Ours" in palm cards distributed on Election Day. Instead they kicked him out of office, by a wide margin.
-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.
-Nate Silver, blogger for the New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog
WNYC partner Pop + Politics just got back from a road trip to Florida, where host Farai Chideya met up with Rep. Kendrick Meek. He's gunning for the open Senate seat in Florida, in the three-way race with Republican Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who's running as an Independent. Meek currently represents Florida's 17th District, which includes North Miami and Miami Beach. When P+P caught up with him, he'd just returned from a fundraising event with former President Bill Clinton, one of his long-time supporters.
Hiram Monserrate, the infamous former member of the New York State Senate who was recently convicted of domestic assault and kicked out office, lost his bid for election in the State Assembly to newcomer Francisco Moya.
In his win over Rick Lazio, Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino seems to have ridden voter anger and tapped into their distrust of anything associated with the professional political establishment.
In a surprise upset, Gustavo Rivera, a college professor and Democratic activist defeated State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada in the Bronx.
Incumbent Congressman Charlie Rangel has won the Democratic nomination for his seat in New York's 15th district. Despite recent controversy, he'll get a chance to be reelected to the post he's held since 1993, and he says that's not just a good thing for his constituents -- it's good for the president, too.
On this primary election day, fraught with low voter turn out and the added challenge of the new paper ballot, New Yorkers took to the polls. Below are the latest results:
At P.S. 33 in the Bronx WNYC's Beth Fertig found reports of voter intimidation in the race to re-elect Bronx State Sen. Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.
The candidate for the republican gubernatorial nomination was still campaigning as some of his supporters began to trickle in and the sound system played a motivational mix of Eye of the Tiger, the theme from Rocky and Van Halen's "Dreams".
New York’s “Little Pakistan” was mostly ignored by the candidates and is largely unaware of the primary election happening today. A report from Feet in 2 Worlds.
Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City who bills himself as a non-partisan technocrat, unloaded some harsh criticisms on the New York City Board of Elections today after reports surfaced of problems at polling locations across the five boroughs. Calling the situation a "royal screw-up," the mayor said his office has received "disturbing" reports about polling places opening two to four hours late this morning, forcing some voters to leave without casting their ballots. He said he has also heard about broken or missing scanners and unhelpful poll workers.
The city spent more than $77 million to buy thousands of new voting machines that now replace the lever machines New Yorkers have used for about 80 years.
The city's first primary day with the new paper ballot system has been bumpy, to say the least. Problems have been reported throughout the five boroughs, and Mayor Bloomberg himself called it a “royal screw-up.” A lot of the problems had to do with the new voting machines that use optical scanning instead of levers to count votes. Some listeners told WNYC that their experience went smoothly, but far more said they had trouble reading the small print, there wasn't enough privacy, the ballot design was confusing, scanners were broken, and, the blooper we feel takes the cake: a few polling stations were even missing ballots.