Live Election Updates: Hochul and Zeldin Win Respective Primaries and AP Drafts

Mollenkopf said he expected that number to reach at least 400,000 by the end of the day. Whatever the final total, it is likely to be lower than the turnout in the 2018 primary, when there were over 900,000 city ​​voters. That election featured a gubernatorial race between then-incumbent Andrew Cuomo and actress Cynthia Nixon.

Mollenkopf said the two separate primaries that resulted from the disputed redistricting process this year likely contributed to confusion among some voters. Tuesday’s ballot contains contests for governor and state assembly. The races for Congress and the state Senate will be decided in the Aug. 23 primary.

He said the other reason for lackluster turnout is that voters may be quite happy with incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul.

Turnout in the 2018 primaries, he said, was helped by voters who were angry with then-Governor Andrew Cuomo.

So far, Brooklyn and Manhattan led the tally with about 62,000 voters registering at polling places.

In an interview with Gothamist, Vincent Ignizio, the city’s deputy executive director BOE, acknowledged that voter turnout was “somewhat light” and that the council was trying to urge voters to get to the polls before they go. close at 9 p.m. tonight.

1:13 p.m. – Voters called WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show on Tuesday to discuss who they voted for and why.

Benita, an Upper East Side voter, shuffled and matched on her ballot. She voted for Governor Kathy Hochul to be the Democratic nominee in November and Ana Maria Archila, who is running alongside public attorney Jumaane Williams in the Democratic contest.

“I’ve been a fan of her ever since I saw the video of her picking up Jeff Flake,” Benita said, referring to the former US senator Archila famously confronted inside of an elevator during confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Jimmy, a Queens resident who has voted for more than 50 years, said he too was mixed. He voted for Archila and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, a gubernatorial candidate who chose former City Council member Diana Reyna as his preferred lieutenant governor. Archila is seen as a far-left candidate while Suozzi is running on the right in his bid for the nomination. Governors and lieutenant governors technically operate independently of each other, though they often run as a combined ticket, meaning voters could choose candidates from competing campaigns in the primaries.

Jimmy was particularly unhappy with Hochul’s public grant deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium.

Camile, a resident of Roslyn, said she was also unhappy with Hochul’s stadium deal, but decided to vote for her over Suozzi. He represents her in Congress and she said she couldn’t vote for someone giving up their House seat to run for governor.

Another listener named Frank voted Republican, telling Lehrer he voted for Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin. He called Hochul a “communist” surrounded by “criminals,” referring to Hochul’s choice of Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor. Benjamin now faces a criminal investigation into an alleged bribery scheme.

“Both sides can see they can work with him,” Frank said of Zeldin.

12:11 — Low turnout seems to be a common theme with many survey sites.

At the Long Island City High School polling station in Astoria, fewer than 60 people had voted by 10:30 a.m., according to a poll worker.

Margie Howard, 65, said she came to vote because of the wealth inequality she witnesses every day in New York. She said she voted for Governor Kathy Hochul, who is seeking her first full term, because she wants to see a moderate leader.

“In New York, I think you have to stay in the middle because you can’t please everyone,” she said. “I would like to see a female governor for a change.”

Brad Makarowski, 47, said he believes primary elections are more important than general elections since voters have control over which candidate will be placed on party tickets.

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