Assemblymember Fernandez celebrates ‘competitive’ state Senate win as Zherka holds out hope

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Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez will have a new title come January after declaring victory in the state’s 34th Senatorial race over Samantha Zherka Tuesday night, though her challenger was not ready to concede Wednesday afternoon.

The two opponents were battling for the open seat, which spans the east Bronx from Parkchester and Castle Hill to City Island, and also includes Westchester’s Pelham and parts of New Rochelle.

As of Wednesday, Fernandez garnered 59% of the vote, with 32% going to Zherka and 8% of voters leaving the race blank on their ballot. All Westchester poll sites have been counted, and 97.6% of NYC ballots have been reported after the last city Board of Elections update at 12:27 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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