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Longtime Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes Loses In Bid To Serve Seventh Term

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History was made in Brooklyn on Tuesday, as longtime District Attorney Charles Hynes lost in his re-election bid to rival Ken Thompson. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

It's the end of an era.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who has been in office for more than two decades, lost in his bid to serve a seventh term.

"The Democratic voters of the county today that decided there should be a change in this office and this direction," Hynes said.

Voters chose former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson, who won 55 percent of the vote to Hynes' 45 percent.

With the win, Thompson makes history as the first African-American Democratic nominee for Brooklyn DA, and the first candidate to defeat an incumbent DA in the borough.

"I stand before you deeply humbled and truly grateful," Thompson said.

During the campaign, Thompson attacked Hynes on allegations of misconduct, preferential treatment and wrongful convictions.

In his victory speech, Thompson promised reform.

"We will have a DA's office, where there will be one standard of justice for all, no matter where you come from, no matter how much money you have," Thompson said.

Thompson says he will keep some of Hynes successful programs, and Hynes says he will make the transition for Thompson a smooth one.

"When he assumes the position of district attorney of this county in January 2014, he will be fully briefed on what we've been doing, and he'll be ready to hit the ground running," Hynes said.

Thompson's new role won't be official until after the general election in November.

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