Longtime Prosecutor Lost In Democratic Primary

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Charles J. Hynes may have lost the Democratic primary, but members of the Republican and Conservative parties believe he can still secure a seventh term as Brooklyn’s district attorney, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

Hynes lost to Kenneth Thompson, a former federal prosecutor, 55 percent to 45 percent in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. But political pundits noted that only 20 percent of registered Democrats voted then.

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Hynes, 78, whose name will appear on the Republican and Conservative party lines in the Nov. 5 general election, said on primary night that he would stop campaigning.

But that hasn’t stopped others from urging him not to give up.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) told Cornell that Hynes should dominate among Republican and Conservative voters, who account for about 35 percent to 40 percent of the electorate. That means he would have to secure just a minority of Democratic and independent voters to remain in office.

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“I do believe that we have a great opportunity here for this district attorney to win this race if, in fact, he engages,” Golden said.

Hynes has been vacationing this week. His campaign manager, Dennis Quirk, told The Wall Street Journal that Hynes “said he’s not going to campaign, but that doesn’t mean the Republicans won’t campaign” for him.

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