Incumbent Donovan Richards declared victory within the tight Democratic major contest for Queens borough president and instantly accused rival Elizabeth Crowley of racism.
“We received!!!!,” Richards stated in a tweet.
Richards led Crowley by 1,044 votes — with 92,149 votes or 50.3 % to
91,105 votes or 49.7 votes for Crowley.
That’s a margin simply over the 0.5 % margin that may set off a handbook recount.
However even with only a razor-thin margin, Richards blasted Crowley on social media.
“We beat your racist ass,” Richards stated of Crowley in an explosive tweet Tuesday night time.
Richards additionally stated in a tweet directed at Crowley, “@ElizCrowleyNYC
advised me she would win, as a result of BLM [Black Lives Matter] would die? What’s good now?”
He additionally claimed Crowley, the cousin of ex-Congressman and Queens Democratic Occasion chief Joe Crowley, who was defeated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez within the 2018 Democratic major, hit him up for a job as deputy borough president.
“You couldn’t pressure me to make you a deb bp. I stand on precept,” Richards stated.
Richards used the hash tags #southeast Queens, #4 extra years, #QBP and #Southside.
Richards, who’s African-American, hails from southeast Queens, largely populated by black residents.
Crowley didn’t instantly reply to voice and textual content messages or by a spokesperson.
The razor-close race was nearer than many Queens Democratic Occasion insiders anticipated.
Richards, who beforehand served on the Metropolis Council, was elected borough president final 12 months after his predecessor, Melinda Katz, was elected district legal professional. He defeated Crowley in that race.
However Crowley vastly outspent Richards and one other Democratic rival, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who got here in a distant third and was eradicated in ranked alternative voting, on this major race. Crowley’s presence was significantly extra pronounced than Richards in TV marketing campaign adverts.