Primary Day, 2012: What One Race Was About

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Two volunteers discuss the merits of the candidates in the 18th senatorial district.

Photo by: Pearl Gabel and Patrick T. Andrews

Two volunteers discuss the merits of the candidates in the 18th senatorial district.

When the votes were counted, a potentially competitive State Senate race in Brooklyn ended in a landslide Thursday.

Incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan bested challenger Jason Otaño by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent—though compared to the last race in the district, the 2010 general election that Dilan won with 91 percent of the vote, last night’s contest was a squeaker.

The contest was often depicted as a referendum on Dilan’s ally Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Bushwick lawmaker and outgoing Brooklyn Democratic Party head embroiled in a controversial over his treatment of female staffers.

But as the video below shows, many voters and volunteers had other factors on their minds.

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