There will be a runoff in the race to be the Democratic nominee for public advocate City Councilwoman Letitia James and state Senator Daniel Squadron.
With more than 97 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, Squadron and James were ahead of former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani, college professor Cathy Guerriero and Sidique Wai, who works for the police department.
As of early Wednesday, James had 36 percent of the vote while Squadron had 33 percent. Saujani had 15 percent, Guerriero had 13 percent and Wai had 3 percent.
"Take a deep breath, have a quick drink and now I need all of you to do it all over again," Squadron told supporters.
The race has not garnered much attention, overshadowed by the contests for mayor and comptroller.
It also does not help that the position has very little power and a tiny budget. However, the candidates say they have big plans for an office some have said is pointless.
"There's an attack on public housing. There's an attack on public libraries. There's an attack on unions in the City of New York. And someone needed to stand up to them," James said.
The biggest thing going for the public advocate's office is that it can be used as a bully pulpit and a springboard to bigger and better things.
Squadron's state Senate district covers parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
James was elected to her Brooklyn City Council seat in 2003.
Both say they are going to run tough campaigns for the next three weeks.