Spin Cycle

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After all the noise died down, Election Day in New York State may well have emerged with a similar effect to that of 2008, bringing out a big Obama vote and thus helping a number of down-ballot Democrats.

It may be worth a wonk's time examining the 1st  Congressional District results at some point to see to what degree Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) benefited from Obama turnout versus 2010 when it was considered a midterm Tea Party election.

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At the same time, you wonder how the vote there and elsewhere may have been changed one way or the other by voter displacements due to superstorm Sandy.

In 2008, the Republicans lost the Senate for a term, recouping a majority in 2010. The net results of this latest presidential vote on the Senate remain clouded. But it seems clear the numbers won't measure up to Majority Leader Dean Skelos' goal of significantly growing what has been a razor-thin majority. Or, if optimistic talk from the Democratic conference proves correct, it could flip the majority again.

In the long term, it is no secret that New York Republicans are demographically desiccating. Much is said in the GOP about this and little seems to be done.

Photo: Congressman Tim Bishop, a Democrat, has held onto his seat representing Long Island's East End communities. Bishop carries his grandson, Nathan Bishop, 2, during a trip Tuesday morning to cast a ballot at Southampton High School. (Nov. 6, 2012)