Democracy is a story of winners and losers.
Most Novembers, the United States' political process isn't an amorphous he said/she said, but a narrative told with calculable closure i.e. "Candidate X wins."
Every so often there's a hanging chad or a "Dewey Defeats Truman," but for most part those are exceptions, not the norm.
Below, Newsday.com has assembled some Hudson Valley winners and losers from Tuesday's tallies that lie somewhere between "Hope and Change" and "Bush v. Gore."
• Cuomo & the Tappan Zee:
Cuomo is waiting to hear whether the federal government will grant New York State a $2.9 billion low-interest loan to build the bridge. It's impossible to know if Mitt Romney would have nixed the loan, but Obama has called for billions in infrastructure spending and the new Tappan Zee has a better shot with his re-election.-- John Dyer
• The N.Y. Electorate:
Despite the turmoil of superstorm Sandy, power outages and long lines at gas stations, Hudson Valley voters turned out in record numbers -- by some accounts upward of 70 percent to elect a president and legislators. On a similar note, local boards of elections managed to pull off a relatively seamless presidential election -- save for a few glitches with machines and a shortage of ballots -- in the aftermath of a storm that had blacked out or shuttered scores of polling sites the week before.-- Christian Wade
• Greenburgh's Paul Feiner:
Greenburgh voters approved the Westchester Field House, and town Supervisor Paul Feiner -- an 11-year incumbent up for re-election in 2013 -- said he was confident that the two-to-one margin will end dissent over the project. Groups opposing the $7 million, 94,000-square-foot sports complex had been putting pressure on the town's elected leaders to nix the project.
-- Nik Bonopartis
Incumbent Republican Assemb. Robert Castelli boasted about his close ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in mailings and radio ads that ran on Election Day. "Castelli & Cuomo: Leadership for Westchester County" read one Castelli mailing.
It didn't work.
Castelli, a former New York State trooper lost his 93rd District race to David Buchwald, a tax attorney and White Plains councilman.
-- Thomas Zambito
• Negative ads
Negative ads weren't the only reason Republican Bob Cohen, of New Rochelle, lost his State Senate bid against Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye), but in a race in which both candidates stooped to disappointing lows, Cohen may have come out looking worse thanks to his own party.
The GOP's radio and TV ads were over the top. They ridiculed Latimer, accused him of Pedro Espada-esque spending and impropriety, and tried desperately to associate Latimer with a sex abuse scandal that consumed fellow Democrat Vito Lopez. If Latimer's margin of victory Tuesday night is any indication (47,862 to 39,771), voters not only didn't buy the claims, they were turned off by them. -- Nik Bonopartis
• The Tea Party
The defeat of Republican Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) was one of many Tea Party losses nationwide, shrinking the GOP's majority in the House of Representatives by a few seats. She was beaten by Sean Maloney, who is gay and was an aide to former President Bill Clinton.