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Mosley Emerges A Winner In 57th Assembly District Primary

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Brooklyn district leader Walter Mosley easily won the Democratic primary for the race to take over Hakeem Jeffries' State Assembly seat as he runs for Congress. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

The turnout was light, but in the end it was enough for Walter Mosley to claim a decisive victory.

"We knocked on thousands of doors, made thousands of phone calls. And with that being said we are here today in victory," Mosley told supporters.

And with a primary win in this overwhelming Democratic district, that's tantamount to winning the election.

"He has proven the capacity to generate votes within this Assembly district. But more importantly he has worked closely with me, he has worked closely with Councilwoman Letitia James. He has established a track record of getting things done,' said Congressional Candidate Hakeem Jeffries.

Turnout was reported as very low in the district which includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and parts of Prospect Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. But the district was redrawn this year, and that may have played a role in keeping people away from the polls.

"At my office this morning we received a lot of complaints. A lot of individuals did not know their polling sites and did not know that they are not now in the 57th Assembly District. So there was major confusion at just about every poll site," said City Councilwoman Letitia James.

Mosley defeated the female district leader in the 57th district, Olinike Alabi, and former city Department of Education official Martine Guerrier.

Thursday's matchup was one of only a handful of races for open Assembly seats. And while this primary season was marred by what many describe as negative tone, in the 57th Assembly District race candidates largely stayed out of the mud and simply tried to get their names out there.

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