Primary Day Open Thread

##http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/03/18/the-four-stooges/##Fare Hike Four## members Pedro Espada, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr. both face challengers in today's primary. Will they have twinkles in their eyes after the votes get counted? Photos: ##http://www.observer.com/2010/slideshow/132385/espada-diaz##NY Observer/candidate sites##
##http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/03/18/the-four-stooges/##Fare Hike Four## members Pedro Espada, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr. both face challengers in today's primary. Will they have twinkles in their eyes after the votes get counted? Photos: ##http://www.observer.com/2010/slideshow/132385/espada-diaz##NY Observer/candidate sites##

So the big day is here and several seats in the state legislature are in play. Leave your analysis, predictions, and stories from the polls in the comments.

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