From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 12, 2018
Perhaps more media outlets than usual covered the Nassau County Democratic Election Results Watch this Nov. 6th because one of the most hotly contested Congressional races nationally was NY District 2, and the Democratic candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was on site there at the Garden City Hotel.
A surprise victor at the event was Kevin Thomas, who, despite modest campaign funds and name recognition, strategically defeated Republican 29-year incumbent Senator Kemp Hannon. Chase, who was five when his opponent started in office, will become the first Indian American NYS senator.
Though there wasn’t a similar upset outcome for the race between Republican 26-year incumbent Pete King and blue wave, pink wave, first time candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, it was a significantly close contest.
Each candidate was in the lead at some point, making for a long night of emotional crests and troughs for Grechen Shirley and her supporters, many of them wearing Liuba campaign t-shirts and buttons.
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-05) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (NY-03), both easily winning re-election, each spoke on stage to supporters who clapped and cheered enthusiastically.
- PHOTO VIDEO – 2018 Nassau County Democratic Committee, Election Night:
- Democratic candidates & elected officials at event (most are in above photo video) included:
NYS Senator John Brooks, District 5
NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, District 35, Senate Minority Leader
NYS Senator-Elect James Gaughran, District 8
NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, District 9
NYS Senator-Elect Anna Kaplan, District 7
NYS Senator-Elect Kevin Thomas, District 6
Joanne Curran Perrucci, candidate for Nassau County District Court judge, District 4
Feature Photo at top: Garden City, NY, USA. Nov. 6, 2018. LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY, candidate for New York Congressional District 2, speaks to supporters after incumbent King is declared winner. CHRISTOPHER SHIRLEY, her husband, joined her onstage.Nassau County Democrats watched Election Day results at Garden City Hotel.
2018 Election Night, Garden City: GALLERY
“2018 Election Night, Garden City”: PHOTO VIDEO