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Delgado replaces Faso, while Republicans win most local races, and Democrats sweep statewide elections

Nov 07, 2018 12:33 am
Democrat Antonio Delgado defeated Republican incumbent John Faso 49 percent to 47 percent in the Nov. 6 general election. The Democrat got 132,001 votes to Faso's 124,408 votes. In 2016, Faso beat Zephyr Teachout, 153,155 to 126,538. This year, the Democrat beat the Republican by about 16,000 votes in Ulster County, making up for lost votes elsewhere. "Tonight they called me home," Faso said in Kinderhook after the loss. Delgado spoke at a Kingston victory party. "This is a new day built upon our shared values, values that I was raised on right here in upstate New York and values I experienced all across this district, no matter what county or town I visited. No matter how rural or how urban, no matter how red or how blue," the Democrat said. Delgado, from Rhinebeck, was one of the only local Democrats to win, while statewide, Democrats swept Republicans: Gov. Andrew Cuomo was elected to a third term; Tom DiNapoli was re-elected as Comptroller; Tisha James won the Attorney General's office; and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was also re-elected. And Democrats won control of the State Senate, giving them all three branches of the state government. But the northern Hudson Valley did not go along with that trend. Republican Chris Tague, from Schoharie, defeated East Durham Democrat Aidan O'Connor, Jr. in an Assembly rematch from a much closer April special election. Republican George Amedore also beat Democrat Pat Strong in the 46th district senate race. And GOP Assemblyman Jake Ashby beat Democrat Tistrya Houghtling. While local Democratic state Assemblymembers and Senators did not fare well, the party may have taken as many as eight Senate seats, to flip control of the chamber. There were a few Democrats who did well in the Hudson Valley. In the 106th Assembly District incumbent Democrat Didi Barrett beat Republican Will Truitt. In the Rensselaer County’s district attorney contest, Democrat Mary Pat Donnelly defeated incumbent Republican Joel Abelove 31,544 to 25,733. And in Ulster County, Democratic challenger for sheriff, Juan Figueroa, defeated Republican incumbent Paul VanBlarcum, who previously ran as a Democrat, 37,945 to 33,814. For political parties, the Serve America Movement, Libertarians, Independence Party, and Green Party all received enough votes to become official parties, while the Reform Party and Women's Equality Party did not. Nationally, two of three of the Democrats who got the most attention, Beto O'Rourke in the Texas Senate race, and Andrew Gillum running for governor of Florida, lost, and a third, Stacy Abrams running for governor of Georgia, was losing with votes still being counted and contested. But Democrats won enough House races to flip the chamber to their control, while they lost a few more Senate seats.