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November 6, 2012

Local officials expect big turnout

Tight White House race points to packed polls


State GOP strategist Anthony J. Casale of Cooperstown said he expects Gibson will beat Schreibman throughout the distrct, with the exception of Ulster County.

“Schreibman will do OK in Ulster County, and that’s about it,” Casale said.

Casale contended that Democrats hoping Obama will have coattails for other Democrats running down the ballot may be in for a disappointment.

“Nobody knew the guy four years ago — but he talked a good game,” Casale said. “The thrill is gone.”

One maverick Republican who has not embraced Romney, Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, now seeking the realigned 22nd Congressional District, faces a challenge today from Dan Lamb, a Tompkins County Democrat and a former aide to Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley. The latter is stepping down at the end of this year, citing health reasons.

Voters will also determine today whether to keep three incumbent Republican officeholders and one incumbent Democrat in their jobs or replace them with challengers.

State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, undefeated in 13 outings for the job he has held for 26 years, is being tested this year by Howard Leib, a Dryden lawyer.

Meanwhile, Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, is being challenged by Democrat James Miller, a former Albany police officer who is a native of Greene County.

In the 121st Assembly District, longtime Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, is being challenged by political newcomer Levi Spires, a Republican from Madison County.

Another contest involving a drastically altered new district, the 101st Assembly District, pits Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, against Democrat Dan Carter of Herkimer County.

There are also hard-fought battles for judgeships in Delaware and Chenango counties — and a slew of town board races where issues such as natural gas drilling and the pros and cons of the proposed Constitution Pipeline have been debated.

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