For all of the talk concerning the Republican's dismal showing in the northeast, we did exceptionally well in New York. We picked up five seats across the state, and now there is a possibility that we can win two remaining contested seats. In NY-25, Republican Ann Marie Buerkle is now leading Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei by 659 votes. With many staunch Republican military ballots yet to be counted, I am confident that we will pull this one out. This is quite significant because NY-25 (which represents Syracuse and it's suburbs) is actually rated D+3 by Charlie Cook, and would represent one of the few D seats that we successfully flipped this cycle.
The big news over the weekend was in NY-1 (Suffolk County, Long Island) in which an error in a ballot machine has turned a certain victory for the incumbent Democrat into a possible defeat. On election night, Democrat Tim Bishop was ahead of Republican Randy Altschuler by 3,400 votes. This race was actually called for Bishop fairly early in the night. Amazingly, over the weekend, the local board of elections discovered an error in one machine that has now created a 400 vote lead for Altschuler. According to the AP, "Board of Elections commissioner Wayne Rogers said the original numbers were reported by telephone and relayed through intermediaries before being entered into the county's computer system."
There were a bunch of House races in which the Democrat won by just a few thousand votes. One has to wonder how many other races were erroneously called for Democrats. It is amazing to me that the Democrats seem to win almost every close race, or any race that goes past election day. These two races in New York might turn out to be exceptions to the rule. If that is the case, we will net 7 seats from New York, the most of any state in the country. If not for the conservative/Republican split in NY-23, in which Doug Hoffman remained on the ballot, we would have flipped that seat as well. How ironic that our biggest victory in the House elections would have occurred in the bluest of states! One could only imagine what would have happened had we had substantive challengers on the top of the ticket.