Thursday, November 6, 2008

Unofficial New York City returns; 4 of 5 boroughs for Obama

In some cases, the results are coming in late (Missouri's presidential vote, most notably). In the case of New York City, we are still waiting for complete official returns.
On a blog at "The New York Times" Jonathan P. Hicks reports that the Bronx chose Barack Obama, with 88 percent favoring, 85 percent in Manhattan, 79 percent in Brooklyn and 74 percent in Queens. In Staten Island 52 percent of voters chose John McCain.

A Democrat in Staten Island
In a big break from tradition, Staten Island chose a Democrat for Congress, Michael McMahon, a City Councilor. This was the first time that a Democrat won a Congressional seat in that borough in almost 30 years. He defeated the Republican nominee Robert Straniere with 61 percent of the vote.
From Tom Wrobleski's entry in "The Staten Island Advance":
Once in office, he said he wants to ensure that ordinary Americans get a boost from the $700 billion federal bailout package.

He also said he would look to secure a spot on the House Transportation Committee, an assignment he spoke of frequently during the campaign.

Veteran GOP leader Guy Molinari attributed the Republicans' loss of the seat to local party leaders, criticizing their selection of Straniere. "That seat was given away," he said.

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