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Unofficial Voting Results Firm Up Fulton Common Council Win

It took 48 hours, but Oswego County fixed its problem with presenting results from the Tuesday elections.

Final data provided a winner in the city of Fulton race for an open seat on the Common Council.

Democrat Dan Knopp beat Republican John Hansen, 221-94.  Knopp takes the seat being vacated by Alderman David Guyer.  Knopp had served on the Common Council.  He was appointed to fill an unexpired term but lost to Guyer in 2007.

The final, unofficial results swing the Council back to a Democratic party majority.  Democrats Knopp, Kim Roy and Pete Franco won all of the seats being vacated by retiring Aldermen.  The Common Council, which is now controlled by Republicans with a 5-1 majority, will have 4 Democrats to 2 Republicans come January.

The numbers also show that conservative Doug Hoffman was popular in the county, but his wins in at least four counties of the 11-county Congressional district were not enough to overcome Democrat Bill Owens’s leads elsewhere.

Oswego County voters went for Hoffman by 512.6% to 44.5%.  Another 3.8% voted for Republican Dede Scozzafava, who had quit the race the Saturday before the election and on Sunday, endorsed Owens.

Hoffman also won Madison County, Lewis County and tiny Hamilton County.  He also won in the small slice of Oneida County that is in the 23rd Congressional District.

But the numbers show that Scozzafava’s endorsement was crucial in the battleground area of Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, her home turf and the only area where polls showed she was competitive at the time of her departure from the race.

Owens won Jefferson County, 49% to 46% and won St. Lawrence County, 56% to 38%.  The margins in those two large counties erased Hoffman’s gains in the counties he won.  Owens captured a majority of votes on his home turf, the counties of the northeastern end of the district around Plattsburgh, to take the seat by about 4,000 votes.