Ken Mangan defeated incumbent Ginny Fields for the Democratic nod in the Fifth Assembly District, according to results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
With all 92 precincts reporting, Mangan led Fields 53 percent to 47 percent. But with the low voter turnout on primary day, only 187 votes separated the two candidates. Mangan will face Republican Al Graf in November for the right to represent residents of the 5th Assembly District.
"This sends a crystal clear message. Our working families are not going to stand by while Albany's dysfunction wreaks havoc on us," Mangan told Patch. "Long Island families will benefit from my victory. People want change and we are going to make our constituents proud again. I am so proud of all of the people I worked with who helped make this possible."
According to officials at the board of elections, the results are unofficial and do not include figures from absentee ballots. It was unknown how many absentee ballots, if any, were yet to be counted. The results will be certified within three weeks after the elections, notwithstanding any court proceedings.