Morning Read, Upstate: Owens Changes the Story

Republicans won the governors races in Virginia and New Jersey, but lost a special election in NY-23.

Michael Steele said this shows Republicans are “transcendent.”

It’s not 2008 anymore.

“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.

“Hoffman was a great warm-up for what be a huge prize: a United States Senate Seat from Florida,” Marc Ambinder says.

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.

Stephanie Miner will be the first woman to serve as mayor of Syracse.

Incumbents had trouble in Washington County.

Two Warren County races are too close to call.

Republicans swept back a majority in the Dutchess County legislature.

They swept in Westchester’s down-ballot races, too.

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings was re-elected in a landslide, and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan held on.

Scott Johnson was re-elected in Saratoga Springs.

Money that was set aside for roads and bridges went to welfare grants and property rebates.

Federal officials are probing a tribe that has bid on Aqueduct race track.

And here’s a video of Mike Long, saying he would do it all over again in NY-23:

Morning Read, Upstate: Owens Changes the Story