Nov 2nd - 11:01 pm
Even though he was projected to lose to Kirsten Gillibrand at 9 p.m., Joe DioGuardi says he was pleased that his candidacy brought shined a light on the issues facing New York.
“When you look at our society, especially this state, you need to have competition in order to bring out the important issues,” said DioGuardi.
DioGaurdi also pointed out he had limited funds and time (after the primary) to effectively challenge the incumbent senator.
“A message in a debate is nice, but to win you have to repeat that message constantly. That’s the lesson I hope some of you who want to run take back.”
Nov 2nd - 10:48 pm
With 33 percent of the precincts reporting, State Senator Bill Stachowski has strong returns despite being ousted by Democrats in the Sept. primary.
Here’s how it looks so far:
(Tim) Kennedy 42%
Many analysts believed Jack Quinn, the Republican, would have an advantage due to the surge of voters expected to come out to vote for Carl Paladino. However, it appears the overwhelming Democratic enrollment in that district may trump the Paladino effect.
Now with 66 percent reporting, Quinn is closing the gap:
Nov 2nd - 10:19 pm
The second of the trifecta of Democrats that YNN projected early to win this evening is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who took the stage shortly before 10 p.m. to give her victory speech and thanked the man that made it all possible.
“Most important and special thank you to Governor Paterson who gave me this opportunity to serve these last two years,” said Gillibrand.
Gillibrand was appointed to the seat two years ago by Paterson (btw, we’re not sure if the governor is at the Dem’s party) after it was vacated by Hillary Clinton. Clinton left her post as Senator after President Obama chose her to serve as Secretary of State. This election victory will allow Gillibrand to serve the remaining two years of what would be Clinton’s full term.
Gillibrand also made mention of Secretary Clinton in her speech, calling her a role model and mentor.
Nov 2nd - 10:10 pm
Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson released a statement a short time ago congratulating Andrew Cuomo on his projected win in the race for governor.
“New York needs strong leaders in hard times to make the tough decisions. Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor-elect Robert Duffy have the independence to do what is right and the experience to get it done.
“If 2008 was about the changing of the guard, then 2010 was about the guarding of the change. Working with Governor-elect Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Duffy we stand ready to continue what we started and build the New York we can be, should be, and will be.
“Throughout his career, he has tackled big problems and always put the people of New York first. From job creation, to property tax relief, to reducing the cost of government, I look forward to working side-by-side with Andrew Cuomo and Robert Duffy to deliver the change New York needs and the government our state deserves.”
Nov 2nd - 9:55 pm
Sen. Charles Schumer, who is expected to win his re-election bid by a wide margin, took the stage about 30 minutes after the polls closed, saying it’s a “sacred opportunity” to serve another six-year term in the US Senate.
YNN projected Schumer to beat challenger Jay Townsend at 9 p.m. based on exit polling.
Schumer was apparently quite confident in winning his fourth term. In fact, he also spoke to the media before the polls closed, according to NY1′s Bobby Cuza.
“I will focus on helping New York in its every beautiful corner for the next six years,” Schumer said about 8:45 p.m. “That’s the promise I make to the voters.”
One other interesting note: Schumer was out of the limelight before polls in Nevada (at 10 p.m. EST) where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is facing a very tough re-election battle against Sharron Angle.
If Reid loses, it is possible that Schumer could be elevated to that position after a vote by his colleagues.
Nov 2nd - 9:26 pm
A few minutes after YNN projected Democrats to retain the office of governor and New York’s two US Senate seats, New York GOP Chair Ed Cox turned the focus to the state Senate, which he believes his party will win by the end of the evening.
“The other races are going to be very good races for us,” Cox told YNN’s Steve Ference.
“The state senate, I think we win that. We kept adding more seats. Six months ago we thought we could win two…now we think we’re competitive in eight or nine seats. The assembly is very interesting that has been a sleeper I think we’re going to win enough seats there, maybe 10 or more that would give us more than 50 seats and the ability to uphold the governor’s veto, and be a player in the selection of the next speaker of the assembly.
Nov 2nd - 9:08 pm
YNN’s figures show Democrats and Republicans in a dead heat (29-29), but four districts are still in play and Republicans are leading most of them–making the GOP gitty there is a real chance they could take back control of the state Senate.
The districts still in play are:
Craig Johnson (D-incumbent) 50%
Jack Martins (R) 50%
42% precincts reporting, Martins leading by a handful of votes
Suzi Oppenheimer (D-incumbent) 50%
Bob Cohen (R) 50%
79% precincts reporting, Oppenheimer leads by about 200 votes
Greg Ball 52%
Mike Kaplowitz 48%
90% precincts reporting
NOTE: I just spoke to Ball and he tells me: “We have absolutely declared victory.”
Antoine Thompson (D-incumbent) 49%
Mark Grisanti (R) 51%
97% precincts reporting
Nov 2nd - 8:59 pm
Based on our exit polling YNN/NY1 has called the projected winners in the gubernatorial, and US Senate races:
Andrew Cuomo (D)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
Charles Schumer (D)
Just after 9 p.m., NY1′s Josh Robin was joined by New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs to get his reaction to the projected winners.
“It’s so good to have somebody with his integrity his ethical standards as our leader in this state we’re all very excited about it,” said Jacobs.
“He’s earned it. He deserves it and we’re all very very excited about it. New york is desperate for a governor that will come in and take charge of what has to be done and solve our problems he’s going to have to make tough decisions, he’s going to…he hasn’t shied away from it. So we’re ready for it. That’s why they elected him, that’s the mandate they’ve given him.”
Nov 2nd - 8:47 pm
YNN’s Steve Ference caught up with Republican candidate for comptroller, Harry Wilson, to gauge his confidence before the polls close.
“We’re peaking at the exact right time,” said Wilson.
“We’ve had all the momentum the last couple of weeks. I think voters are really responding to our message of leading a turnaround of New York State government and I look forward to the results tonight.”
Wilson had little name recognition and was down in the polls for months. That is, until just a few days ago when some surveys showed Wilson closing the gap on incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli. Wilson compounded that momentum with a last-minute advertising blitz as well as a swell of newspaper endorsements.
Nov 2nd - 8:21 pm
Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo remains confident in his candidate’s chances tonight. Less than an hour before polls close in New York, Caputo pointed out to NY1′s Michael Scotto that polls showed Paladino trailing Rick Lazio in the GOP primary two months ago, then cruised to a sizable victory.
Scotto asked Caputo if Paladino’s “mad-as-hell” style hindered him from connecting with the general election audience.
“Mike, you got to get out of New York City more often,” said Caputo.
“People talk like that outside of New York City. People use kitchen-table language and when Carl Paladino spoke, everybody knew one thing: That he was telling the truth. He wasn’t polished about it, he wasn’t glib, he wasn’t in some cases even good at campaigning, but he listened to them because he brought a message of hope.”