I don't live in the 26th, but I followed this race with interest. This was Tom Reynolds's seat. He barely won his last election because a big stink was made up here over his handling of the Mark Foley business. He was replaced by Chris Lee who resigned after his Facebook/looking for transvestites scandal.
So there was some Republican fatigue to start with up there. The GOP ran a woman state legislator who should have done well but who was so tightly scripted, she came across very poorly. The situation was made worse by a millionaire gadfly who runs in that district every election as an ultra-conservative but who isn't opposed to turning into a Democrat when that slot's open. This time he ran as a fake tea-partier.
That left Hochul who was well-known and well-respected in Buffalo as a competent County Clerk who had actually made going to the DMV a fairly pleasant experience. I wondered how she would turn out.
And now we know.
I’ll try to act shocked when she wins again this Nov. :(:(:(:(:(