It is being reported that Anthony Como has won the Special Election for the 30th Council District by 74 votes.
With 100 percent of the vote in, it appears the Republicans have just barely managed to hold on to the 30th CD seat that used to belong to former Councilman Dennis Gallagher, maintaining their three-member conference.
The unofficial results, according to the city Board of Elections, are as follows:
Anthony Como: 2,352, 31.71 percent.
Elizabeth Crowley: 2,282, 30.77 percent.
Thomas Ognibene: 2,031, 27.38 percent.
Charles Ober: 752, 10.14
UPDATE: There are 196 valid absentee ballots so far, according to board spokeswoman Valerie Vasquez-Rivera, and they can be received by the board up until next Tuesday.
So much for the idea that having once held a seat gives you an edge in trying to get it back, not to mention the clout (or lack thereof) of The Times endorsement in the 30th.
It's also, one might argue, a triumph of the establishment over independence. Both Crowley and Como were endorsed by their respective county party committees.