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  •  Tony Castro (none)
    is the Democrat who ran for Westchester DA against Republican Janet DiFiore to suceed Jeanine Pirro. DiFiore won narrowly by less than 10K votes; last I heard, Castro has not conceded the race.

    On Long Island, Tom Suozzi's coattails helped a  Democratic prosecutor named Kathleen Rice beat eight-term Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, a Republican.

    More coverage of local Westchester races from the New York Times. I noticed this part:

    The rancor reached a peak in the final weekend of the campaign, after Ms. DiFiore distributed a full-color mailing that accused Mr. Castro of lying on several issues and of letting a Bronx murderer go free.

    Several of Mr. Castro's supporters said the tabloid-style advertisement resembled ones the Republicans used during the 1988 presidential race to link Michael S. Dukakis to the release of Willie Horton, a convicted murderer who committed a rape while on furlough from prison. They called on Ms. DiFiore to renounce the ad, but she refused.

    Here's an article on how the Republican hold over Long Island is slowly slipping and discussions over 2006 gubernatorial candidates:

    Representative Peter T. King said that while he liked both [Tom Golisano and Bill Weld], he wished the party could field a more working-class Republican candidate to appeal to suburban voters. "We need someone like the Al D'Amato of 1980," he said.

    Also, I must ask: how did Don Fields in Upper Darby township, PA - who announced his candidacy here - do Tuesday? I can't find anything on the race online.

    "I say of the Republican Party, no party has done so much for so few who need so little." - Eliot Spitzer

    by Blue387 on Wed Nov 09, 2005 at 10:34:05 PM PST

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    •  Delco Times (none)
      I think I'll see if I can find a print edition of Wednesday's Delaware County Times for complete results, but I've been trying to find out what I can through their website.

      Here is an article summarizing the still-bleak state of the Delco Democratic party. I don't see Don Fields' name mentioned, but Upper Darby is. Doesn't sound like there were any surprise Democratic winners.

    •  Sorry for the delayed reply (4.00)
      It looks like I lost. I say this because the votes aren't certified yet, but I'm behind by 121.

      I've been making the rounds to supporters and haven't had a chance to post here, but since you are kind enough to ask about my race, I'll fill you in.

      Final total was REP-1013 DEM(me)-892. But compare this to the  race in 2001 where the final count was 1287 to 467. This, at least, gives some perspective.
      ( I had a hard time formatting below, sorry)

      Precinct 1    2    3   4   5   6   7     8     9      Total
      DEM      58   38  56  39  74   44   49  65   44     467
      REP     196 145 155 154 170 117 113 88 149   1287


      Precinct   1     2     3    4    5    6    7   8   9    Total  
      ME(D)     103 122  112  93  134 87  79  67  95    892
      HIM(R)    195  34  134 128  145 99 112  70  96   1013

      Here are some of the other positives:
      Notice that his numbers are down, Looks like I took 274 votes away from him. I also got 150 more people to vote this time than voted last time.

      Across the district, in every precinct, I was eating up the votes. His numbers either stayed the same or got worse where I was making improvements in every precinct. Naturally, my poorest precincts were the ones where I didn't campaign the hardest.

      In 2001 the Democratic candidate's best precinct had 74 votes. I broke 100 votes in 4 precincts and broke 90 in two others.

      I doubled the vote in our first precinct (his home precinct) where his numbers stayed the same as 2001. In MY home precinct I beat him by 88 votes. This was so shocking to the precincts election board that one (Republican) inspector actually said "That can't be right". But the Judge of Elections ( A Republican as well, but one that voted for me, God bless her) said "Oh YES it is." (BTW, my precinct went for GWB in 2004, ain't that something?)

      I did the best of all of the Democratic District (Ward) candidates. I had the best turnout percentage, I came the closest to winning, registration was 2-1 against me and it didn't matter.

      I had great Election Day stories too, it was almost like a year ago. I had someone show up in a walker after DOUBLE hip surgery to vote for me, I had a woman carrying her swaddled newborn handing out my sample ballot at one of my precincts. I managed to get some former Kerry volunteers to come out of retirement and help me out. I had people volunteering for me that day and the night before. I had Republican voters handing back the sample ballot to the REP pollworkers and taking mine.

      And I had my opponent sweating bullets all day. It was great.

      I have a few regrets, but I won't mention them here. I'll try to make Drinking Liberally in Philly next week so that I can share war-stories.

      I appreciated every Dem and Rep voter I got, but I LOVED every GWB voter that said they were voting for me. To me, that meant I found the common ground in the Township. It meant that I was speaking to everyone. It also meant that the Republican party couldn't actually count on any vote in my district, because I was getting them.

      Despite the loss, a great day and a great experience. Thank you everyone here for the support, it really helped.

      (This is kind of long, I guess I'll diary this?)


    •  There was more good news in DelCo (none)
      from Havertown via

      Election Results:
      6th Ward Voters Declare Their Independence from George Twardy

      In an historic night in Haverford Township politics, Democrats took two of the four commissioners races. The biggest story was in the 6th ward where controversial commissioner George Twardy was beaten by Larry Holmes. Holmes won three of the four 6th ward precincts. He won the redistricted 6-4 precinct by 240 to 118 votes, and performed stronger than expected in Twardy strongholds in the 6-1 and 6-2 precincts.

      In other races:

      In the 4th ward, Fred Moran (R) withstood a fierce challenge from Jan Marie Rushforth (D), winning by 30 votes to retain his seat.
      In the 8th ward, challenger Tom Broido (D) defeated Ken Richardson (R) in a close race. Mario Oliva (R) took the 2nd ward race over Dan Quinn(D).

      Democracy is a contact sport...

      by jsmagid on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 07:19:11 PM PST

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