Incumbent senator, challenger face off in 35th District

The heated race in the 35th state Senate District between incumbent Democrat Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and GOP candidate John Murtagh has reached its culmination as voters hit the polls Tuesday. Stewart-Cousins,

News 12 Staff

Nov 5, 2008, 12:12 AM

Updated 5,681 days ago

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Incumbent senator, challenger face off in 35th District
The heated race in the 35th state Senate District between incumbent Democrat Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and GOP candidate John Murtagh has reached its culmination as voters hit the polls Tuesday.
Stewart-Cousins, the first-term senator from Yonkers, voted for herself at the Nepperhan Community Center and cast a ballot for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
"I hope obviously to benefit from a huge Democratic turnout,? Stewart-Cousins says. ?I hope also that people recognize the good work that I've been doing for these years.?
It has been an uphill battle for Republican challenger John Murtagh, a Yonkers city councilman, who has been campaigning in the 35th state Senate District that boasts a high Democratic enrollment.
?I wouldn't have gotten into this race if I didn't think I had a chance of taking this district,? Murtagh says.
Murtagh thinks his focus on economic issues resonated with voters.
?The top issue in this race, and frankly in every race, was irresponsible government spending and runaway property taxes,? he says.


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