Liu declared victory at Bayside’s Monahan & Fitzergerald’s bar around 10:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Queens Patch reported.
“We took this senate seat back for a true Democrat!” he exclaimed. “It’s about this district, it’s about this community, it’s also about the state of New York, and it’s about fighting back against what’s happening in this country!”
Liu, who moved to New York at the age of five, also made history back in 2001 for becoming the first Asian-American to be elected to the New York City Council, Taiwan News noted. He served from 2002 to 2010 while representing the northeast Queens area.
In 2009, he became the New York City Comptroller and served the position from 2010 to 2013. He ran for mayor in 2013 but failed to win the Democratic Party’s primary election, finishing fourth place.
In 2014, he ran for the New York State Senate District 11 but lost to incumbent Avella in the Democratic Party’s primary election.
He challenged Avella yet again this year and won the party with 52.9% of votes.
Alongside Liu, two other Taiwanese Americans, U.S. Congresswomen Grace Meng and New York assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, won their bids for reelection.
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