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Antoine Thompson Finally Concedes

by on November 30, 2010

I was expecting this to be fought out weeks and weeks. I also expected an Al Franken-style stealing of an election, where boxes of mysteriously uncounted ballots for Thompson would show up in someone’s trunk. Thankfully that didn’t happen. The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!. Nearly a month after the election, the result can finally be written in permanent ink…

Antoine Thompson has conceded defeat. The next senator for the 60th Senatorial District will be Republican Mark Grisanti.

Mark J. Grisanti stood before the cameras and notebooks this afternoon to declare victory in the 60th District Senate election and bask in the aura of one of the most stunning upsets in the history of Western New York politics.

“It was a long, hard fought campaign,” Grisanti said. “Good things come to those who wait.”

In a district with a 5-to-1 Democratic voter edge, Grisanti beat the two-term incumbent by 525 votes, a judge declared today. He becomes the first Republican in anyone’s memory to represent the West Side-based district after almost a month of legal moves and counter-moves surrounding the ballot counting process.

Just hours earlier, Democrat Antoine M. Thompson conceded defeat, and the Republican senator-elect acknowledged at a Hyatt Regency Buffalo news conference the “doubtful” chances when he began his effort.

Thompson’s exit from the Senate came in the form of an e-mail from Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson’s spokeswoman labeled “concession statement.”

He thanked the “residents of the 60th Senatorial District for allowing me to serve them for four years — a duty that I took very seriously and an experience for which I am extremely grateful.”

“Together, we accomplished monumental successes in the areas of economic development, education and the environment,” he said.

But let’s not pretend that this one race alone will change Albany. There are still a lot of bums to be thrown out. Antoine only barely lost, and there’s a lesson there.

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