In what turned out to be one of the closest races in New York State, in the wee hours of the morning, Democrat Thomas DiNapoli narrowly beat Wall Street mogul Harry Wilson and retained his seat in the State Comptroller's office.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will be Connecticut's next Senator, keeping the seat in the Democratic column after Senator Christopher Dodd did not seek reelection. Republican Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, spent nearly $50 million in her unsuccessful campaign.
Sen. Charles Schumer says, "the best is yet to come."
Although there were a few close House races in New Jersey, at the end of the night 12 of the state’s 13 incumbents to the U.S. House still cozily occupy their seats. The only upset was the Tea Party victory in the 3rd District where Jon Runyan, formerly an offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, defeated Democratic incumbent John Adler.
Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won twenty-eight years ago. Cuomo easily defeated Carl Paladino, a self financed businessman who promised to take a baseball bat to the state's political establishment. Instead, New Yorkers elected a political veteran with a long Democratic pedigree.
Democrat Eric Schneiderman won the New York Attorney General's race Tuesday over Republican candidate Dan Donovan with 55 percent of the vote. Schneiderman said his first priority was to restore the public's trust in New York government.
Political experience was an albatross in the midterm elections. As in many other races across the country, that was the case in New York's 13th Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat Michael McMahon lost to newcomer Republican Michael Grimm.