Republican attorney David Storobin is leading Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park) by just three votes after more than 21,000 ballots were cast in the race to replace disgraced former state Sen. Carl Kruger, making it one of the closest races in New York City history. Here are a few other historic nail-biters:
• Lincoln Restler vs. Warren Cohn: Restler sent shockwaves through Williamsburg’s political circles in 2010 by narrowly defeating Cohn — Democratic Boss Vito Lopez’s hand-picked candidate — in a closely watched race for an obscure district leader position. Margin of victory: 120 votes
• George Brinton McClellan, Jr. vs. William Randolph Hearst: In 1905, McClellan — a former reporter, Brooklyn Bridge treasurer, and congressman — eaked out a razor-thin win over the legendary newspaper publisher in the closest New York City mayoral election in history. Margin of victory: 3,418 (just 1.6 percent out of the 590,000 votes cast).
• George W. Bush vs. Al Gore: Bush’s thin lead in Florida during the 2000 presidential election came down to a recount that wound up being decided by the United State Supreme Court. The court ultimately gave Bush control of the free world, changing the course of U.S. history forever. Margin of victory: 537 votes.
• Ruben Studdard vs. Clay Aiken: Studdard slipped past Aiken in the second season of “American Idol.”
No recount was called. Margin of victory: 130,000 votes out of 24 million.