Other Notable Races and Votes

Looking at other notable races from Election Day 2008:

New York (Assembly)

In the 104th State Assembly District, incumbent Assemblyman Jack McEneny (D) easily held off challenger Terry O'Neill, 79% to 21%.

Republican incumbent George Amedore (R) won a second term as the 105th District's Assemblyman, nearly doubling-up over Mark Blanchfield, 62% to 38%.

Independence Party Assemblyman Tim Gordon won his bid for reelection in New York's 108th district, defeating Republican challenger Steve McLaughlin, 60% to 40%.

As Roy McDonald takes over the 43rd District State Senate seat, Republican Tony Jordan will take over for him in the 112th Assembly District after defeating Democratic opponent Ian McGaughey 57% to 43%.

The City of Glens Falls has a new Mayor in Republican Harold “Bud” Taylor, who bested Democratic opponent Judy Villa-White and Conservative Party candidate John “Jack” Diamond in a 71% to 29% to 0% vote. The City's former Mayor, the popular LeRoy Akins (D), passed away while in office back on August 10th.

New York (others)

In the race for the 44th District State Senate seat, Republican incumbent Hugh Farley will hold on to another term in office after declaring victory over Democratic challenger Fred Goodman and B.K. Keramati of the Working Families Party, 57% to 35% to 8%.

Republican incumbent Anthony Carpinello lost his bid for reelection in the State Supreme Court's 3rd District to Democratic challenger Patrick McGrath, 56% to 44% (at the time of this posting, only 72% of precincts had reported). Carpinello had served on the State Supreme Court since 1993.

Vermont

The contest for Governor was the major race in the State of Vermont Tuesday, which saw Republican Jim Douglas voted in for another term – this time over Democratic challenger Gaye Symington.

Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, voters rejected an effort to abolish the state income tax. The measure would have cut the 5.3% tax rate in half in January 2009, and then would have killed it completely in January of 2010.

Also on the ballot in the Bay State was “Question 2″, which looked to change the penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana; shifting the punishment of that transgression from a criminal offense to a civil one.

Massachusetts voters approved “Question 2″, meaning that those now caught with under an ounce of the drug will be punished with only a $100 fine.

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