“I think all incumbents need to be on full alert,” Representative Chris Van Hollen, the DCCC head, told Politico.
In New York:
Andy Spano lost his reelection bid for Westchester County executive.
Tom Suozzi just held on in Nassau County.
And in the North Country, Bill Owens’ victory is seen as the Democratic bright spot.
June O’Neill credited Dede Scozzafava with helping Owens’ victory.
Her supporters broke for Hoffman in “sizable numbers” and she still drew 5 percent of the vote. Owens’ margin of victory was about 6,000 votes.
Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham credited June O’Neill.
“Upstate New York hasn’t received this much attention since the Miracle on Ice. And tonight, with the entire country watching, Upstate New Yorkers sent a message,” Owens told his supporters.
The conservative movement backed Hoffman heavily, and his defeat is a blow.
Hoffman said it was “worth the fight.”
Jude Seymour said he came a long way over the course of the campaign.
Michelle Malkin says it was a $1 million lesson for national Republicans.
Sheriff Tim Howard was re-elected in Erie County.
Republicans won 3 seats in that county’s legislature, but Democratic Comptroller Mark Poloncarz held on.
Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings was re-elected in a landslide, and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan held on.
And here’s a video of Mike Long, saying he would do it all over again in NY-23: