Thoughts of an upset win by Pesach Osina in the special City Council election in southeastern Queens appear to have been dashed with the announcement by the Board of Elections that his opponent, Donovan Richards, has widened his lead from 26 to 80 votes.
Barring a court challenge, the election could be certified as early as Tuesday.
Had he won, Osina would have been the first white candidate to win in the heavily black district in recent memory. An Orthodox Jew, Osina had strong support from Orthodox Jews in the district who voted in large numbers.
Richards is a former chief of staff to James Sanders, who held the seat until he gave it up for the state Senate.
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