The 2010 mid-term elections are over, and there are some races that are still too close to call. Here are the preliminary winners and losers of the major local and state political races.
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In the race for governor of New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo defeated Republican Carl Paladino, Green Party candidate (and Syracuse resident) Howie Hawkins, and a host of other challengers. Cuomo assumes the office held by his father Mario in the late 80s and early 90s.
In the two United States Senate races, incumbent Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand defeated their challengers to retain their seats. Schumer was elected for a new six-year term, while Gillibrand will fill the two years remaining on the term first won by current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gillibrand was nominated to replace Clinton as New York TMs junior senator when Clinton resigned two years ago.
Three local seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were up for grabs Tuesday night, with three incumbent Democrats facing stiff competition from Republican challengers.
In the 24th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Michael Arcuri has lost a rematch with Republican Richard Hanna on the heels of their close-fought 2008 battle.
In the 25th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei sought a second term after first taking office in 2008, replacing longtime Republican Rep. Jim Walsh. He said in a speech Tuesday night that he is 'confident' that when all votes are in he will be declared the winner, but stopped short of declaring victory himself. He is locked in a tighter than expected race with Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle. Onondaga County GOP chairman Tom Dadey said Buerkle would not be making any announcements, and with around 12,000 absentee ballots outstanding the race is not yet finished.
In the 23rd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Bill Owens will return to Washington. He faced Republican challenger Matt Doheny, who conceded the race to Owens last night. Owens, the incumbent, appears to be well ahead, even after the 85-hundred absentee ballots are counted. Owens won a special election last fall to replace former Rep. John McHugh, who resigned to take a post as Secretary of the Army.
In other statewide races, election returns show a Democratic state senator beating a Republican prosecutor in the race to be New York's next attorney general. Sen. Eric Schneiderman defeated Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan.
The Democratic incumbent who said he had worked to clean up the state's finances beat a former hedge fund manager in a tight race for New York comptroller. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has declared victory over newcomer Harry Wilson, but Wilson declined to concede. DiNapoli, a former assemblyman, was chosen by colleagues for the post three years ago after Comptroller Alan Hevesi left in a scandal.
In Onondaga County, incumbent Republican Sheriff Kevin Walsh easily retained his job, defeating Tobias Shelley and Joe Price. Price had won the Democratic Party primary, but that support was pulled over a controversy regarding comments posted on Syracuse.com.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.