Fider, standing with wife Robin, announcing his victory at the Kings Bay Y.

After a long day marred with allegations of campaign shenanigans, the special election for the 27th District of the State Senate ended with no definitive winner. So, naturally, in a move befitting the Kafka-esque landscape of Southern Brooklyn politics, both candidates gave victory speeches and left it to the political press to figure out.

The election was too close to call, with the Associated Press reporting Republican David Storobin narrowly leading Democrat Lew Fidler by 120 votes out of more than 20,000 cast – essentially a 50-50 split.

Late yesterday, Fidler, who has served on the City Council for a decade, sounded like the winner as he spoke to hundreds of supporters who had gathered at the Kings Bay Y on Nostrand Avenue to await the results and the arrival of their candidate.

After he arrived to cheers and applause, shortly after 11 p.m., Fidler announced he led Storobin, a Russian-born lawyer and Republican neophyte from Brighton Beach, albeit the margin at the time was just over 200 votes – far less than what he and his supporters expected against a candidate with a scant political resume.

Despite the narrow lead he said he had at the time, Fidler told his audience, “Nevertheless, the final tally won’t be known for several weeks until the write-in ballots are counted.”

There are more than 700 absentee and paper ballots to be counted. The Board of Elections said they will begin reviewing the machine counts today, and the paper ballots next week. The official results will take approximately two weeks.

Just moment’s after Fidler’s victory speech, Storobin appeared before his supporters at OPM Restaurant and Ultra Lounge and declared himself the victor.

“The good won. We won,” Storobin said in his victory speech, caught on video by Yeshiva World News. “When nobody outside believed that we had a shot to compete … we won!”

Storobin, though, noted that it was close and that official results wouldn’t be known for “days or even weeks.”

Regardless, whoever is declared the winner will only serve until the end of the year when the district will be eliminated by redistricting, forcing the winner to campaign anew in a different district. Most observers believe Storobin will campaign for the so-called “Super Jewish” district, designed by Republican State Senate members to cater to the conservative Orthodox Jewish community.

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  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    Ah, nothing like media bias. If Fidler had been up 120, the headline would have been:

        FIDLER WINS!!!!

       …with a line hidden at the end that absentee ballots need to be counted.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      That’s a nice assumption based on absolutely nothing. Especially since we were saying that this race would be too close to call while Fidler was still in the lead. Perhaps it’s your own bias bleeding through.

      • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

         He’s just pissed Fidler was named first, before Storobin, but come on! Everyone knows F comes before S!

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

         Everyone knows that the media generally has a left leaning bias. Even Fox News is too damn liberal.

        • Tinman

          Fox News “too damn liberal?” Don’t know who’s translating for you when you watch, but on what do you base your baseless statement? 
          Almost every commentator and guest on that network is a picture of neo-conservatism.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            Really?

            I can’t believe that I have to explain all the jokes.

          • Tinman

            Explain, please. I’m too damn liberal to get your unfunny remark.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            Your response would amuse me except that it’s stunning to realize that there are people on both sides of the political spectrum that read everything literally.

          • ES

            For a minute, I thought he might have been joking in response to your joke, but I see not. I say that as a person who, when I joke — or try to, at least — everyone takes me seriously too. It’s not easy being me.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

             Some of us do have a subtle sense of humor which a few people fail to understand, even when we do try to explain.

          • ES

            For a minute, I thought he might have been joking in response to your joke, but I see not. I say that as a person who, when I joke — or try to, at least — everyone takes me seriously too. It’s not easy being me.

        • doobieman

          If  you think that Fox is too liberal, you must a relic left over from the bund.

          • levp

            Lisanne: OK, that’s it.  “” tags are now mandatory.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

             Really, you have to explain all the jokes to some people.

  • Danymac77

    I disagree.  There was no bias in this story. 

  • brooklyn native

    It was the very last sentence that caught my attention…. ‘conservative Orthodox Jewish community’.  Conservative Orthodox?  And the entire district is going to be ‘adsorbed’?  At this point I might be glad, as I didn’t want either one of these people to represent me in any office.  Politics at it’s lowest form. Again.

  • BrooklynBus

    What’s this nonsense about the creation of a “super Jewish” district. That is ridiculous. You mean the Glatt Kosher district.

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  • JDSX

    So
    many elections seem to come down to absentee and write-in ballots. Best
    way to find the bigger crook is by whoever wins based on those ballots.
     

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  • ShadowLock

    I think i’m done taking this seriously.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZiim4PKleQ

  • ExtraJewish

    what a f$%^& dirty campaign! and if Storobin is going to run for a super jewish district, is he going to move there too?  Just another trick…

    • Tinman

      Guess Storobin thinks he’s a Super Jew, too!

  • Local Broker

    I have a question. Dont you lose by default for having a premature victory party at     “OPM Restaurant and (prestigious/luxury) Ultra Lounge”???

    • ShadowLock

      You should.

  • Cabbie

    Storobin’s “victory” speech at OPM!!! – priceless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/itskovskiyp Pasha Itskovskiy

    HI everyone. Does anyone know where to find background info on Sorobin. What law school did he attend and where he worked. Have problems locating it on google

    • NSF

      According to his bio, he attended Rutgers University School of Law.

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