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Tuesday, November 2

The scene from the GOP (12:10 a.m.)

Patrick "City Desk" Donges and Chris Fitz Gerald here at the Holiday Inn, hobnobbing with the Saratoga Republican set.

12:10 - Back at the office after Gibson's speech. The new Congressman was greeted like a rock star; we may have witnessed the political birth of the next Ronald Reagan.

The only new part of his speech, saying he wants to bring the Olympics back to Lake Placid, which he said would help with economic development.

11:20 - Jasper Nolan announces Murphy has conceded to a roar of applause followed by someone in the crowd repeating, "Murphy, you're fired!" They're now singing "na, na, nah, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye."

11:06 - "Scott Murphy, you're fired" I'm not sure if that was Jasper Nolan or Gibson trooper and fellow veteran Dave Bronner.

10:55 - Mayor Scott Johnson got here in time to see Roy McDonald's acceptance speech. "It's a great time to be an American," McDonald said. Awaiting Gibson...

10:50 - Jennifer Jensen Bergan poised to be county's first female judge since 1791. "We want you to stay involved," says Tedisco to Democrats, who aren't looking too hot right now. Murphy and McDonald still lead.

10:30 - Jasper Nolan: "We don't want to embarrass anybody, but we're very confident," on high numbers thus far for Tedisco, McDonald, Jensen Bergan and Gibson.

10:24 - It looks like McDonald is getting ready to speak. He's up almost 2:1 with 29 reporting.

10:14 - Bartender says "a lot of wine and a lot of beer" are the drink of the night. Gibson and McDonald still up.

10:05 - 18%: Gibson 7,229; Murphy 1,153. 16%: McDonald 5,313; Yepsen 3,105. WNYT has called it for Farley; he's got 2,488 to Savage's 1,102 with 21% reporting.

9:57 - Somebody from the hotel is on stage trying to get the microphone working. They're speaking out of a podium amp to a room that is brimming with excited supporters, not the most prudent plan.

9:54 p.m. - 11 percent reporting: Gibson up 4,544 to Murphy 3,267. 9 percent: McDonald takes a lead 2,999 to Yepsen at 1,833. Jensen Bergan and Rybak are neck in neck; 3,940 to 3,374.

9:50 - Pandemonium, someone is yelling into a poorly amplified microphone and no one can hear. City Attorney Joe Scala is here, as is Joe Dalton. Jasper Nolan is attempting to announce another speaker...

9:45 - First local results rolling in have McDonald up 1'582 to Yepsen 858 with 6 percent reporting. Pretty close early on.

9:40 p.m. - Tony Jordon on the mic, "What a difference a year makes." Cites excitement around Gibson campaign.

9:35 p.m. - HUGE!!! applause for Fox News projection of Gibson winning. The sound system here is awful. "That speaker needs a lot of improvement," says supporter in leather tasseled jacket. County Treasurer Samuel J. Pitcheralle thanks voters.

9:30 p.m. - Assemblyman Jim Tedisco standing behind me as Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione gives her speech. Tedisco feels good about the results, he's looking for a nine member pickup in the Assembly for veto override power. They're sushing the room for being too loud. I thought this was a Grand Old Party?!

9:25 - Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matt Veitch said he didn't vote for Paladino or Cuomo. He would not confirm if his rent is 2 damn high. City Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins Jr. said he's seen a lot of Gibson sign waving driving around the district today.
(Edited at 11:30 a.m, Nov. 3; I meant to type Cuomo, but there was Gibson fever sweeping the room)

9:13 - Applause for Fox News projection that Republicans will take the House. No results yet.

9:10 - City Public Safety Deputy Frank Dudla calls Gibson "a breath of fresh air." The Gibson love is flowing here, there is a large banner and two blown up photos of the Col. on the wall.

9:05 - Applause for Rand Paul, who is giving his acceptance speech. Score one for Aqua-Buddha!

9:00 - Polls are closed! President of the Saratoga Senior Center Board of Directors Roger Calkins said he's never seen so many people at this event. He was one of about 300 Gibson supporters outside in the cold yesterday during Bill Clinton's stump for Murphy.

8:55 - McDonald spokesman Kris Thompson says Roy is here "relaxing with his family". He said he's heard turnout has been good district wide, and that "it's in the hands of the voters" at this point.

8:45 - Assemblyman Tony Jordon (112th) is here. He's running unopposed this year. He's looking hard at the state Comptroller and Attorney General races as they "will have the most lasting impact" financially.

8:20 - What a spread! Cheese, veggie and fruit plates with bruschetta, spinach and artichoke dip, mini chicken cordon bleu, veggie and chicken quesadillas and the crowd favorite, crispy asparagus with asiago cheese. Classay!

8:15 p.m. - City Commissioner of Public Works Anthony "Skip" Scirocco is here chatting with Jasper Nolan. "Have you heard anything?" he asked when he walked in.

8:00 p.m. - Races are already being called in New Hampshire. There are five screens set up here; a T.V. and a projector in one corner of the room playing Fox News, another T.V. with CNN, a large projector with the Saratoga County BOE results page up, and another projector, footage TBD. Probably for speeches later.

7:48 p.m. - There are more press than candidates or supporters here at this point.


Blogger demroc said...

what was up with that early call, in the gibson race. is jasper losing his mind?

November 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM 

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