Gustavo Rivera beat the Bronx Democratic machine on Tuesday night, but can their relationship be rebuilt?


Much of the political theater surrounding the tightly-contested primary for New York’s 33rd Senate — which runs from Riverdale to the Bronx Zoo — was the Bronx Democrats’ decision to endorse first-time candidate Miguelina Camilo over the entrenched incumbent Gustavo Rivera.

As Tuesday’s lone competitive Bronx primary came down to the waning precincts around 11 p.m., Rivera declared victory with 98% scanners unofficially reporting a 4.6% lead after a grueling and contentious primary campaign that solidified a seventh two-year term in the state Senate for the progressive.

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