13 September, 2006

Hall Wins Big In District 19 Democratic Primary

Singer-songwriter John Hall has taken the big first step in his bid for the 19th District congressional seat from New York.

With the results nearly final, Hall leads his nearest competitor, Judy Aydelott, by about a two-to-one-margin, with Ben Shuldiner coming in third and Darren Rigger running a distant fourth in the race.

Rigger conceded earlier this evening saying in an e-mailed statement that his main goal for running was to see Republican Rep. Sue Kelly, the incumbent in the race, defeated in November. "I'll do everything I can to support," Rigger said in the statement.

So far no word from the other candidates.

Here are the results by county, as reported by the respective county boards of elections:

Rock W'Chester Orange Putnam Dutchess Total

Aydelott 308 2147 1340 752 1080 5627

Hall 500 3111 2699 1843 1988 10141

Rigger 88 599 560 310 244 1801

Shuldiner 196 1513 821 338 459 3327

% Counted 100% 92% 96%



In the GOP primary for the right to take on Democrat Nita Lowey in the 18th Congressional District, late in the evening Richard Hoffman led Jim Russell 2644 to 2340. The district spans parts of Rockland in Westchester, but is predominantly in Westchester, where only 86% of the vote had been tallied as of this writing. The Rockland results were complete.

In another of the closer races of the night in Rockland County, Ellen Jaffey defeated David Fried in the race for the 95th District assembly seat, by a margin of 4322 to 3926. The 95th is the seat held by Ryan Karben until his resignation earlier this year.


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