New York: The Shocking Final Count: What Happened in the Queens District Attorney Race | Vivian Wang/The New York Times
The polls had closed. Most of the votes had been tallied. Tiffany Cabán, the public defender and democratic socialist whose insurgent candidacy for Queens district attorney galvanized political observers nationwide, had declared victory. And then, late Wednesday, a twist: A count of paper ballots that had not been totaled on primary night pushed Melinda Katz — the Queens borough president and establishment favorite — ahead, by the barely there margin of 20 votes. The news thrust the borough, as well as the broader New York political world, into chaos. It threw a major victory for the left wing of the Democratic Party into doubt, and it inspired immediate recriminations about traditional party forces. But the race isn’t over yet, as the vote now goes to a manual recount, automatically triggered by the tiny margin. Ms. Cabán’s team has promised to fight for every vote, in what could turn into a protracted, expensive legal battle. Here’s what you need to know.