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Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas is the first Democrat to lead Essex County in three decades (Source:  Town of Jay)
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas is the first Democrat to lead Essex County in three decades (Source: Town of Jay)

In Essex County, Democrats make gains and history

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Republicans are hoping to stage a revival in the Northeast this year, inspired by the upset victory of Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But here in northern New York, Democrats continue to make surprising gains, eroding the GOP's decades-long dominance. Democrats Scott Murphy from Glens Falls and Bill Owens from Plattsburgh both won House seats in the last year. The party is also making inroads at the grassroots level, capturing local government offices. Brian Mann reports from Essex County.

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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