With tonight’s Election Night 2012: Live from Oswego coverage, the Oswegonian, alongside of WTOP, will have live coverage from the 24th Congressional incumbent candidate, Republican Ann Marie Buerkle’s headquarters from the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse. Reporters will also be attending Democrat Dan Maffei’s headquarters. This blog will provide live updates from Buerkle’s headquarters throughout the night The 24th Congressional Race is one of the most heavily watched congressional races in the country tonight.
– The latest polls by the Siena Research Institute show Maffei and Buerkle are neck and neck in the polls, each holding 44 percent of the support from likely voters. Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum holds 8 percent of the polls.
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-More coverage will be posted throughout the night.
– The Doubletree ballroom stage is ready to go for tonight’s events. The event should be getting started any minute as we get close to the nine o’clock hour.
-Buerkle’s campaign manager David Ray has been walking around, but Buerkle herself has yet to be introduced to the room. The crowd is slowly starting to fill up the room.
-Onondaga County Republican chairperson Thomas Dadey just took the stage to fire up the crowd. He said results are starting to come in and the room will be updated as numbers start coming along.
-Out of 102 of the 427 election districts reported, Dan Maffei is leading the polls in Onondaga County with 47 percent of the vote, Buerkle is at 44 percent, and Rozum is at 8.5 percent. Chairperson Dadey says he anticipated Maffei having an advantage in Onondaga County, but Buerkle is stronger in other parts of the district. For the most updated Onondaga County polls go to onvote.ongov.net.
– Republican John DeFrancisco has won the 50th District State Senate seat in Onondaga. Even though Buerkle is behind in recent polls, DeFrancisco told the crowd not to give up hope. He said Maffei didn’t campaign much and referred to the debate invitation that he declined a few weeks ago. “It’s not over until the fat person sings,” DeFrancisco said.
Onondaga Republican Chairperson Tom Dadey says Maffei didn’t campaign in Cayuga and Wayne counties. Maffei is still ahead in the polls.
CNN has projected Democrat Dan Maffei the winner of the 24th Congressional District with 79 percent of the vote in. Republican candidate Ann Marie Buerkle came out and addressed the crowd for the first time tonight to address her supporters. She made a point to emphasize her support for the troops.