If you were searching for storylines, the 2014 elections offer a few.
A governor considered possible presidential material trying to nail down an impressive re-election victory against a challenge from his party's activist wing.
A fluid battle for control of the state senate involving three caucuses and a host of races.
The aftermath of corruption scandals that have led to convictions and vacancies in some districts, and indictments against candidates seeking re-election from others.
Some of our stories have touched on these themes and others have staked out other territory. Check them out before you head to the polls:
Klein Using Huge Financial Advantage Against Koppell
Even as his re-election quest took on an air of inevitability, Sen. Jeff Klein spent $700,000 during the month of August on his race against Oliver Koppell, who has raised questions about the help one nonprofit is giving the senator.
Seeking a Seat Vacated by Scandal, How to Show Voters You’re Clean?
Two of the past three Assemblymembers from the 79th district have been convicted of corruption. With varying amounts of campaign money and an array of policy ideas, six candidates are trying to convince primary voters that they offer a fresh start.
Calls for Federal Monitor in Bronx Assembly Race
A candidate who lost by 72 votes last year in a race colored by Election Day oddities has asked the Justice Department to oversee next week's rematch. His opponent seconded the call.
Crowd Seeks to Replace Corrupt Assemblyman
Seven candidates are running in the September 9 primary for the seat William Boyland once held.
Dilan and Council Talk Wages, Crime in 54th District Debate
The Democrats seeking the Assembly seat representing Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York faced off on TV and stressed subtle differences on key issues.
Senate Candidacy in Doubt, Cabrera Has Faith
Councilman Fernando Cabrera's challenge to Sen. Gustavo Rivera may not live beyond this week. But the larger mission of this pastor-politician, whose record includes common-sense policy and ties to conservative religious groups, will survive.
Watch the 20th Senatorial District Debate
City Limits helped moderate a debate among the three men seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat representing the 20th district (Brownsville, Crown Heights, Gowanus, Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park) in the state Senate.
Odds Grow Steeper, But Koppell Vows to Stay in Race
Abandoned by allies and facing a 20-1 financial disadvantage, the former councilman says he plans to be in the race against Sen. Jeff Klein until primary day.
Hindsight on Redistricting: Rangel Won. Did Voters?
In 2012, the 13th Congressional district was redrawn to increase the impact of Latino voters. Does Rep. Rangel's second victory since then mean that mission succeeded, or failed?
Klein Denies Effort to Bump Koppell Off Ballot
The field that will greet Bronx voters on primary and election day started to take shape this week with petition filings, challenges and campaign finance disclosures. In one hotly contested race, accusations about the petitioning process flew.
Battles to Fill Brooklyn’s Vacant Seats Heat Up
With endorsements, petition filings and campaign finance disclosures, the 2014 campaign season gets into full swing this week. Rafael Espinal and Alan Maisel, seen with the mayor, are among four people who left state seats empty when they won municipal office.
Party Loyalty is the Theme of Key Bronx Senate Race
Oliver Koppell faces long—but, supporters insist, not impossible—odds in his quest to unseat Sen. Jeff Klein and steer the State Senate back to Democratic control.