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Peralta Beats Monserrate In Special State Senate Election

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NEW YORK (BY KAREN MATTHEWS, AP) - A New York state senator who was expelled after a domestic violence conviction has lost his long-shot bid to get his seat back in a special election.

In complete but unofficial returns, Assemblyman Jose Peralta had 65 percent of the vote, while Hiram Monserrate had 27 percent. Republican candidate Robert Beltrani garnered 7 percent of the vote in the heavily Democratic district.

Monserrate failed to get his expulsion blocked in federal court, but got on the ballot for the special election to fill his old seat in the 13th state Senate district in Queens.

He has apologized for any discredit his conduct brought to the Senate, but has said that a cut on his girlfriend's face was an accident and surveillance footage showed him taking her to the hospital.

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