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Astorino loses in Westchester; Democrat declares victory in Nassau

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was defeated Tuesday night in a race that some Democrats view as a harbinger of New York politics in the Trump era.

Republican Astorino was seeking a third term in the suburban New York City county, going up against Democrat George Latimer, a state senator who was running with support from Westchester County resident Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats.

Democrats viewed a possible Astorino defeat as a vote of dissatisfaction with the President Donald Trump's administration and an indication that Democrats could make headway in New York City suburbs in the Trump era.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, Latimer won with  57 percent of the vote, compared with 43 percent for Astorino.

"The eyes of America are on Westchester County," U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer was quoted as saying in the final weeks leading up to Tuesday's vote. "The best way to send a message to Donald Trump that he can't go on like this is to elect George Latimer."

The Nassau County executive race was also being watched as a barometer of the New York State political scene.

With 100 percent of the vote in, Democrat Laura Curran, a county legislator and former journalist, declared victory just before midnight with a 51-48 percent lead over Republican Jack Martins, a former state senator. The two were vying for a seat now filled by outgoing County Executive Ed Mangano. Martins had not yet conceded.

Mangano is facing federal fraud, bribery and obstruction charges for allegedly accepting bribes and kick backs. He did not seek re-election.


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