In the News, Sept 13-19

Incumbent State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. (D) appears to have scored an easy victory over his challenger, Carlos (Charlie) Ramos in the Sept 14 primaries, according to early wire reports. Early results show Diaz with 79% of the vote in the 32nd District, which includes Hunts Point, Mott Haven and Melrose, according to the Gotham Gazette. Ramos, 40, had run on a platform of social change, including legalization of gay marriage, while the socially conservative, 67-year-old Diaz, who has held the position since 2002, strongly opposes same-sex marriage. Ramos had run a campaign backed by smaller contributions, mostly of under $100 per donor, and relied heavily on newer technologies to drum up support, such as a website dedicated to social activism, “Bronx for Change,” and the use of computer social networking sites such as facebook.

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