Como Won't Concede To Incumbent Addabbo; Cites BOE Discrepancies
In the hotly-contested state race in the borough's 15th Senate District, the Democratic incumbent held on to his job. But his Republican challenger is not ready to concede. NY1's CeFaan Kim filed the following report on that matchup.
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For Democrat Joseph Addabbo, being an incumbent did not guarantee he'd be cruising to victory on election night. It was an election year when Democrats were fighting to hold on to their slim one vote majority in the State Senate.
And Republican Anthony Como did his part to make sure this was a contest.
But, in the end, it was a decisive win for Addabbo, with the Associated Press reporting he beat Como 57 to 42 percent.
"We stayed positive, and, to me, positive campaigning beats negative campaigning all the time,” said Addabbo.
Como congratulated Addabbo, who has yet to concede.
"There are BOE discrepancies throughout the night,” Como told NY1. “Our office made several calls out to them. We had people getting numbers at the poll sites and the numbers reported just aren't adding up.”
The two candidates squared off in a conservative-leaning Democratic district that has a history of electing Republican candidates. During the final stretch of this campaign, the GOP tried to tie Addabbo to the Aqueduct racetrack's bungled bidding process. The racetrack is in the district.
Addabbo argued it was a process that was set up before he was elected.
"The negative campaigning was just far too much,” he said. “[Voters] were bombarded with the mailings, they were bombarded with the TV, the radio, and it was a little too much. Because they couldn't foresee issues there; his visions, his ideas, that's what was lacking."
Como, for his part, says he's looking for a speedy resolution, and that it will likely take at least a few days to go over all the ballots.