One of the asides in this year's Democratic wins is the possible taking control of the State Senate. The NY Times says Dems will be in charge and if it holds up that leaves the GOP firmly on the sidelines of NY politics, especially since its unclear the party will have an opponent in the 2014 race for governor.
The party lost the House seat in Syracuse as Dan Maffei got back in and in NNY the party only could take solace in the personal popularity of Patty Ritchie who easily won reelection with 70%.
Throughout the campaign, Congressional hopeful Matt Doheny insisted the North Country would return to the mean by reflexively voting Republican, but despite a ton of money, organization and very hard work the needle didn't budge and people opted for the middle of the road Democrat for the third time in three years.
There will be no serious opponent to Rep. Owens in 2014.
These long campaigns rub us all raw as we get so worked up over races and tactics. It's all over and time to amuse ourselves with other things, like earning a living and leading our lives.
Northern NY has become acquainted with how politics is across the country, but I don't see another big money race up here for some time to come and after a spate of harsh competition starting with the Aubertine/Barclay race in 2008, nobody will have the resources or inclination to go through it all again.
Election Day 2012: Democrats to recapture New York State Senate - NY Daily News