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Election Night Excitement

Originally Posted: November 05, 2008

Edward Callaghan

The air at 75 Main on Election Night had all the feel of New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras, and, for many, Thanksgiving all rolled into one nail-biting but exhilarating evening for the Southampton Democratic Committee and its many supporters. Every time the television announcers called a state for Barrack Obama, a roar went up from the crowd.

Tommy John Schiavoni, winner Andrea Schiavoni, and Anna Throne-Holst at 75
Main in Southampton. Photo by John Wegorzewski

At the same time, Gordon Herr and Sandra Dunn were closely monitoring the important local races while contenders including Sally Pope and Andrea Sciavoni looked on anxiously. Schiavoni was called as a win but results are not yet final in the race between Pope and incumbent Dan Russo for the Southampton Town Board seat. Though Pope was in the lead, Russo is asking for a count of all the 3,000+ absentee ballots which may take weeks. The largely Democratic crowd even applauded when Fred Thiele was announced as retaining his State Assembly seat. Of course there were cheers for local fave Tim Bishop who, as predicted, will retain his Congressional seat for a fourth term.

The sense of watching history being made before our very eyes was overwhelming to some and almost unbelievable to others as America put prejudices aside and voted for Barack Obama.


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