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McHugh wins 8th term in Congress

Republican John McHugh won an eighth term representing much of the North Country in the House. He defeated Democrat Dr. Bob Johnson 63-to-37 percent yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District.  Go to full article

Little, Duprey score GOP wins

Republican state Senator Betty Little claimed victory Tuesday night in her re-election bid against Democratic challenger Dr. Tim Merrick. Meanwhile, Republican Clinton County Treasurer Janet Duprey is headed to Albany after winning election to the state Assembly . As Chris Knight reports, the winning candidates relied on their records and experience to gain the support of voters.  Go to full article

Democratic tide hits St. Lawrence County

Democrats scored major upsets in the St. Lawrence County legislature. Three long-standing Republican lawmakers lost their seats. Democrats will have a majority for the first time in 13 years. David Sommerstein reports from the Best Western University Inn in Canton, where both parties gathered last night.  Go to full article

Cuomo the younger wins AG race

Andrew Cuomo claimed the attorney general's office yesterday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: My Polling Place

David Sommerstein goes to vote at the Pierrepont town hall. Built in the 1850s, it used to double as a one-room gym where basketball and volleyball games were legendary.  Go to full article

New Yorkers cast ballots

Monday was a day of last-minute campaign rallies across New York, as Democrats and Republicans focused on congressional races on election eve. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills

Tenth graders document the face of democracy

Voting is the most basic activity of democracy, yet in this country half of us don't bother. In young people, between 18 and 25, it's 75 percent. That's not for lack of trying to get out the youth vote. Last election, millions of dollars were spent to get kids to register and vote, but when all was said and done, the percentage stayed the same. Maybe we're waiting too long.

A new project that combines journalism and civics engages kid early - before they're eligible to vote -- and places them in the path of people who take their citizenship seriously. It's called The Face of Democracy, and tenth graders from Johnsburg are one of three pioneering classes in the nation to take it on. Oakland, California, and St. Paul, Minnesota are the other sites. Journalist Sue Halpern is one of the national organizers of The Face of Democracy. She's also training and mentoring the Johnsburg class, along with photographer Woody Widlund. Martha Foley talked with her yesterday, as she was packing up for the big day today.  Go to full article

Dem Gillibrand Leads 20th District Race

Wes Clark, the former NATO general and presidential candidate, campaigned for Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday in the town of Catskill. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will stump for Gillibrand at separate rallies today. Meanwhile, questions about Republican John Sweeney's involvement in a domestic dispute at his home last December continued to simmer through the weekend. In an editorial published Saturday, the Glens Falls Post-Star withdrew its endorsement of Sweeney. For the first time, an independent poll shows Gillibrand leading the race by 3 percentage points. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Poll: Discontent With Sweeney, GOP

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's narrow 3-point advantage is within the poll's margin of error. According to Siena College, Gillibrand leads Republican John Sweeney by 9 points in southern counties of the 20th congressional district and is running dead even here in the North Country. The two candidates hold equal support among men and women. The poll was taken last week just as the first news of the Sweeneys' domestic incident was coming out. Brian asked Siena College spokesman Steven Greenberg whether the numbers could shift again before Tuesday.  Go to full article

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