Thursday November 8, 2012

ZEKE WRIGHT

Staff Writer

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Incumbents earned new terms in nearly all locally significant races but for an exception in the 43rd state Senate district, where Kathleen Marchione led Democrat Robin Andrews by a comfortable 10-point margin, 47 percent to 37 percent, according to still-unofficial results Wednesday.

Outgoing state Sen. Roy McDonald, who lost in the Republican primary to Marchione, drew about 16 percent on the Independence line despite dropping out of the race.

In Rensselaer County, Marchione had received 22,674 votes (49 percent), followed by Andrews with 15,920 (34 percent) and McDonald with 7,749.

Hoosick race

In the only local race in Hoosick, to replace Bill Shiland Jr. as highway superintendent for a one-year term, the former superintendent’s son, William Shiland III, came up short against current town board member Louis Schmigel. Schmigel received 1,327 votes, or 52 percent of the vote, to Shiland’s 1,221 votes.

The highway superintendent position will be open in 2013 for a full four-year term.

In two local congressional races, both incumbents were challenged but each maintained their seats. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson led challenger Julian Schreibman by a 6-point margin, 53 percent to 47 percent, equaling a little more than a 17,500 vote edge with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

Gibson carried Rensselaer County by a wider margin, trouncing his Democratic opponent 63 percent to 37 percent, or 17,736 to 10,217.

The 21st congressional district proved to be a tighter race, but there was still a winner declared Tuesday night. With 94 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat, led challenger Republican Matt Doheny by nearly 3,200 votes, 107,645 to 104,452, or 2 percentage points.

Green Party candidate Don Hassig received 2 percent support with 3,504 ballots.

In the 107th Assembly district, incumbent Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin earned a second term with 28,257 votes, or 52 percent, over his Democratic challenger Cheryl Roberts, who received 25,975 votes districtwide.

There was a 7 percentage point split between McLaughlin and Roberts in Rensselaer County, where voters in Hoosick are new to McLaughlin, a resident of Melrose.

In the 113th Assembly district, Tony Jordan earned a third term with 26,522 votes versus Carrie Woerner’s 23,656. The Jackson resident carried the eight Washington County towns he previously represented by a large margin, 62 percent versus 38 percent for his opponent, but Woerner, from Round Lake, received better support from the eastern parts of Saratoga County included in the revised district.

In the national contest, Barack Obama carried Rensselaer County with nearly 55 percent. Washington County echoed the unofficial national divide, with Obama receiving 50 percent to Mitt Romney’s 48 percent.