The rematch between Republican Assemblyman Don Miller and Democrat Al Stirpe had a different ending. The race two years ago saw Miller win by fewer than one thousand votes. But by the end of this election night, thousands of ballots separated the candidates. Sarah Blazonis shows us how Stirpe pulled off the victory.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- "Like the big man once said, how sweet it is!" Al Stirpe declared during his victory speech Tuesday.
After two years away, Stirpe is heading back to Albany.
"We did a lot of work," he said." "I mean, we were going door-to-door from July. Had a lot of people. I can't tell you the difference between 2012 and 2010."
Stirpe represented the 121st Assembly District for four years until 2010. That's when Republican Don Miller won the seat by just 900 votes. The Assemblyman-Elect credits his past service for his nearly 6,000 vote lead.
"First of all, a lot of people knew me already, knew my record. Then he tried to say I was against education or I was against health care for seniors," said Stirpe.
Miller didn't address the crowd at the GOP gathering election night. He said earlier in the evening that he was grateful to his supporters and satisfied with his campaign.
"I wouldn't change a thing. We ran a very, very positive message of lower taxes, sort of cropping government in order to make room for governments and families to grow jobs in Central New York. We ran on my record of reducing taxes and reducing state spending," said Assemblyman Miller.
Stirpe says he's now looking forward to getting back to work.
"It's really mostly around economic development," he said. "Got some projects I've been working on for years. An inland port project, the nanotech center over in Salina. I mean, not being there and not being able to push those things has really slowed everything down."
He'll get the chance to pick up the pace at the beginning of next year.