PRIMARY RESULTS: Rivera declares victory in tight Senate District 33 primary; Camilo still holds out hope

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Just a mere seven blocks from each other at their respective Riverdale watch parties, Sen. Gustavo Rivera and challenger Miguelina Camilo saw their highly-contentious race for Senate District 33 come down to a difference of 500 or so votes as the final scanners trickled in late Tuesday night.

With 98% scanners reporting as of 11 p.m., the Progressive Democrat Rivera — despite not being backed by his own party — held on to a 51.9%-47.3 lead, emphatically declaring victory after a grueling and contentious primary campaign, and solidifying a seventh two-year term in the state Senate.

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