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Special Election to Fill Queens Senate Seat Today

Follows expulsion of Hiram Monserrate

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate of Queens leaves Federal court in Manhattan, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 in New York. A judge says he'll decide by Friday whether to temporarily block the expulsion of a New York lawmaker whose colleagues voted to remove him because of a misdemeanor assault conviction. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Queens are choosing a state senator to replace Hiram Monserrate. He was expelled after a misdemeanor conviction for dragging his girlfriend through an apartment lobby.

Monserrate is trying to get back his old seat, even though he lacks backing from Democratic officials. He’s running on the “Yes We Can” line.


Assemblyman Jose Peralta is listed on the Democratic line. The northern Queens district is heavily Democratic.

The Republican candidate is Robert Beltrani.

Peralta was up 45 points over Monserrate in a recent Siena College poll.

However, special elections are notoriously difficult to predict because of expected low turnout. Peralta said his campaign was focused on getting people to vote Tuesday.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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