Longtime Brooklyn DA Hynes, Defeated in Dem. Primary, to Run as Republican


Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who has held office since 1990 but lost the Democratic primary last month to Kenneth Thompson, says that despite repeated avowals to the contrary, he will run in the general election as a Republican, the New York Times reports. Hynes faces long odds. About 985,000 of Brooklyn's registered voters are Democrats, about 120,000 are Republicans and about 30,000 are Independents. Hynes lost by 19,500 votes in the Democratic primary. Those close to him point to the more than 700,000 Democrats who did not cast a vote in that round, saying that many of those who stayed home in the primary will be willing to cross party lines in the general election. “It's sad that Mr. Hynes refuses to accept the will of the people, as he repeatedly pledged to do last month,” said James Freedland, a Thompson spokesman.

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