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Congressional vote breaks with tradition

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Various areas in the 20th Congressional District provided vote tallies in Tuesday's special election that veered sharply away from traditional voting patterns.

In Warren County, Murphy beat Tedisco handily, 8,680 to 6,890, although the county voter registration favors Republicans over Democrats 2-1.

Tedisco said he wasn't surprised.

"Glens Falls is Murphy's hometown," he said. "I did well in my home base of Saratoga, too.

In Saratoga County, Tedisco's edge was 30,247 to 25,837.

In Essex County, heavily Republican, Murphy beat Tedisco 1,269 to 1,026.

That margin was because people throughout Essex County are worried about their jobs and finances, Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Larry Bulman said.

"People in the North Country want to see better days," he said. "They want change.

Bolton went to Tedisco by one vote, 318 to 317. Glens Falls was about 2 to 1 for Murphy.

Other towns tilting toward Murphy include Warrensburg, 373-306; Thurman 141 to 135; Johnsburg, 271-233, and Lake George, 481 to 480 and Hague, 108 to 102.

Favoring Tedisco were Chester, 393 to 366; and Stony Creek, 1233 to 97. Political observers expressed surprise about Warrensburg and Thurman favoring Murphy, considering the Republicans' substantial advantage in registrations.

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