State Committeeman Lincoln Restler trailed Chris Olechowski by about 180 votes at midnight (136 as of 2:30 a.m., or about 1.2 percent of the total) of over 11,500 votes cast late Thursday night, with several hundred absentee ballots remaining to be counted. Two years ago, Restler won by 121 votes, but he faces an uphill margin as the Board of Elections counts the remaining ballots in the next few days. But Restler’s allies hinted he is looking to challenge Councilman Steve Levin in 2013, regardless of the election’s outcome. At his primary night party, Restler acknowledged he might fall short but vowed every ballot would be counted. “We decided we wanted to stand up for something bigger than any one of us, for a new type of Democratic Party, for a new type of Brooklyn,” he said. “I’ll say this, regardless of the final outcome tonight, and we are certainly not conceding this…. The gentleman running against me got about 600 votes in Greenpoint and [most of] Williamsburg, and in the Hasidic community, ‘Boss’ Vito Lopez delivered him 6,000 votes.”
A video of Restler’s election night speech is below (apologies for the shifting video camera).
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