Republican New York state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson is interviewed during the New York State GOP election eve festivities, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
After a tight race, election returns show Democratic incumbent Thomas DiNapoli will get another four years as the state's comptroller, defeating former hedge fund manager Harry Wilson narrowly 50 percent to 47 percent.
Board of Elections returns had shown political newcomer Wilson ahead of DiNapoli in early reporting Tuesday night, but by Wednesday, DiNapoli had been delcared the winner ith 97 percent of precincts reporting. Wilson, however, had yet to officially concede by 8:45 a.m.
The 56-year-old DiNapoli, a former assemblyman, was chosen by colleagues for the post three years ago after Comptroller Alan Hevesi left in a scandal.
With a staff of about 2,500, the state comptroller audits state and local government spending and manages the roughly $130 billion public workers' pension fund.