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Senator Connor Defeats Challenger; Judge Cohen Trailing by 49 Votes

The scene tonight in Democratic Leader David Weinberger's office (David is on the phone, Gila Cohen is standing behind him, in the blue shirt)

Judge David Cohen is trailing in a tight race
by Yori Yanover

It was a tense couple of hours at the Ralph Lippman auditorium building at 551 Grand Street, where the Harry S. Truman Democratic club has settled a few years ago. In the club office, local Democratic leader David Weinberger was glued to the phone collecting precinct results, surrounded by a band of bone-tired campaign workers.

Two major races were on everybody’s mind: State Senator Martin Connor’s bout with challenger Ken Diamondstone, and the three-way race for Civil Court Judge between Margaret A. Chan, David Cohen, and Andrea Masley.

Judge David Cohen and his campaign manager Juda Engelmayer showed up shortly after 9 PM, and they both appeared concerned. David’s wife, Gila, who’s been a devoted supporter throughout the campaign, was already in Weinberger’s office, grappling for fresh results.

It was a seesaw battle, with advantages changing back and forth, between Cohen and Chan. Masley was the decided spoiler, trailing both her opponents by a margin of 2-1.

As things stood at 11 PM, Chan was holding a slight lead, with several hundred paper ballots yet to be counted. The final report from the precincts is:

  • Margaret A. Chan: 5,087 - 41.10%
  • David Cohen: 5,038 - 40.71%
  • Andrea Masley: 2,251 - 18.19%

    Senator Connor defeated his opponent handily in the State Senate District 25 race:

  • Martin Connor: 10,979 - 55.20%
  • Ken Diamondstone: 8910 - 44.80%

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