The people have spoken.
Incumbent state Senator Toby Stavisky has been reelected to state Senate in Queens by a landslide.
While there was some mild trepidation. it wasn’t until the last few weeks leading up to the election that pundits started taking S.J Jung as serious competition for the 15-year incumbent, still it wasn’t any dirt off of Stavisky’s shoulder.
The Senator was reelected by an astounding 55% of the vote, according to unofficial election results.
It was a tough, door-to-door campaign. Despite her opponent’s best efforts to conjure up fictitious roots in the district, Jung couldn’t distance himself from the anti-Semitic Support Network that fueled his campaign. The revelation had reportedly infuriated Toby’s base of Jewish voters who came out in record numbers to cast their ballots for their beloved Senator.
While it may seem like matching a candidate to the demographics of the district is the right thing to do, this race proves that ethnicity has no bearing on electability — or maybe Jung’s communication staff wasn’t doing their job, either way, he lost.
In the end, S.J. Jung will breathe a sigh of relief knowing he doesn’t have to pay the toll on the GW until it’s time to come back and run again.