It was a nail-biter until the end, and, as of the time of this writing, we still don't have an official winner in the biggest political drama of Election Night. NY1's Ruschell Boone has more on the race for the 30th City Council district seat in Queens.
The bitter battle between City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and her longtime civic rival Robert Holden is not over.
A day after the election, Holden is clinging to a 133-vote lead over the two-term Democrat, out of more than 20,000 votes cast.
"I think we won this race," Holden said to supporters on Election Night.
Holden lost badly to Crowley in the Democratic primary, and then turned around and ran in the general election on the ballot lines of the Republican, Reform, and Dump de Blasio Party lines.
"We had something: We had drive, we had volunteers — relentless volunteers," Holden said.
Over at the Crowley camp late-Tuesday night, there were cheers, as well as uncertainty. Crowley is not conceding.
"You gave it your all, and we are going to win this," she said to supporters that night. "Wait until you see when every last vote is counted."
Crowley had the backing of the powerful Queens County Democratic organization, which is led by her cousin Congressman Joe Crowley.
But many voters were unhappy that she backed Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to close Rikers Island and build community jails, and her waffling on the administration's push to open a homeless shelter in Maspeth.
Holden led the fight against the shelter and won. Last year, a longtime state assemblywoman lost her seat for not protesting the shelter plan.
"We keep getting political hacks thrown at us from the Queens Democratic Party," Holden said. "As a Democrat, I said, 'Enough is enough.'"
The 30th District includes Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Maspeth, and Middle Village. Crowley did well in areas with many black and Hispanic voters, but Holden countered with the support of Conservative Democrats, Republicans, and some independents.
Many say a video, part of which you can see above, which appears to show Crowley pushing a Holden volunteer, hurt her as well. It got over 45,000 views on Facebook alone.
Some are now wondering if Holden will take his council seat as a Republican if he's declared the winner. He told me he is a lifetime Democrat.
The Board of Elections still must count paper ballots, a process which will not begin until next week. A mandatory recount will take place if the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percent.