GOP Hopes in Nassau

Here’s a look at some numbers for the people running for that state Senate seat that Republican Michael Balboni is vacating in Nassau County.

The Republicans are now backing Maureen O’Connell, who in 2005 won a countywide election for Nassau County Clerk, and who served in the Assembly since 1999, making her a candidate with proven vote-getting credentials in Nassau.

In the 2005 race, O’Connell defeated Democrat Tricia Ferrell by about 17,000 votes.

But in Balboni’s district, O’Connell narrowly lost: 49.9 to 50.1, according to a Democratic source who had access to information tabulated by the State Democratic Party.

According to the source, of the 198,000 voters in the state senate district, 36,800 of them were in O’Connell’s former Assembly district. Slightly more voters, 46,000, were in the county legislative district represented by Craig Johnson, the Democrat who will be running against O’Connell in the state Senate race.

I’ve been trying to verify these numbers with the county Republicans but haven’t had any luck yet.

– Azi Paybarah