By Sam Pollak
The Daily Star
---- — Barack Obama will be president of the United States for four more years, and after all was said and done, after billions of dollars, millions of words and many months of campaigning, the big winner in the 2012 elections was ... the status quo.
Going into Tuesday’s plebiscite, Obama was president, the Republican Party controlled the House of Representatives, and the Democratic Party held sway in the Senate.
When we woke up this morning, Obama has been re-elected, the GOP still has a majority in the House, and the Democrats remain in charge of the Senate.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand easily disposed of Republican Wendy Long on Tuesday to keep all the major statewide offices in Democratic Party hands.
Locally, it was much the same story. In the feisty race to represent the new 19th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Chris Gibson dispatched Democrat Julian Schreibman, by more than 1,000 votes in Otsego County and by about 3,500 votes in Delaware County.
Incumbents prevailed in all three Assembly races, as expected. In the 102nd District, Republican Pete Lopez rode a 9,614-2106 tally in Schoharie County to overwhelm challenger Jimmy Miller. Lopez also prevailed in Otsego and Delaware counties to easily win re-election.
In the 121st District, Democrat Bill Magee brushed aside a challenge from Republican newcomer Levi Spires to win his 12th term. Magee focused his campaign on his chairmanship of the Legislature’s agriculture committee, his long tenure of service and the idea that as a Democrat in a Democratic Party-controlled Assembly, he could do more for his constituents.
Claudia Tenney, a Republican running in the 101st District, dominated Democrat Dan Carter in Otsego and Delaware counties to earn another term.
There was also no surprise in the 51st Senate District where Republican James Seward won his 14th term in overwhelming fashion against the spirited efforts of Democrat Howard Leib. The District is made up of all or parts of Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Chenango, Tompkins, Ulster and Cayuga counties.
In the Delaware County Court judge race, Republican incumbent Carl Becker led Democrat Gary Rosa by 175 votes, but the race cannot be called until absentee ballots are counted.
Obama carried Otsego County, 10,975 votes to Mitt Romney’s 10,527. In Delaware County, Romney garnered 9,085 to Obama’s 7,469.