Despite the overwhelming win by Andrew Cuomo, not all New Yorkers reject Carl Paladino......While only 11% of Manhattan elites voted for the man their local media dubbed "crazy Carl", Mr. Paladino's margins in western NY counties ranged as high as 68% in Wyoming and 65% in Niagara County. Even normally Democratic Erie County voted 58% Paladino. For a guy who was panned by the chattering class, his numbers in Bills Country were astounding.
Western NY is the part of the state where Perot did best and there is a strong independent streak there.
What the vote shows is more than just affinity for the hometown ticket. There is a split in NY between those content with the status quo and those who resent even the reform agenda Mr. Cuomo purports to advance.
As one local candidate who didn't win told me, politics and winning is all about "free s---." People want stuff from government and that largely is how you win. 94% of incumbents were reelected in NY this year.
To suggest the bulk of New Yorkers have changed is to misread the results.
Paladino won 12 counties, lost big in boroughs - Capitol Confidential