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Before the Nov. 5 election gets too small in the rear-view mirror, a few notes:

Notably, Democrat Howard Weitzman ran more strongly in his unsuccessful comeback bid for Nassau comptroller, against winner George Maragos, than did Thomas Suozzi in his rematch against Edward Mangano for county executive.

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Weitzman’s election-night tally was 124,172 votes (47 percent) versus Suozzi’s 111,884 votes (41 percent). It looks in retrospect as if Weitzman might have a better shot if Mangano hadn't won as lopsidedly. 

In fact, Howard Sturim, the long-shot Republican in the DA's race, got about the same percentage (41 percent, with about 110,000 votes) as did Suozzi, up-ticket. Highly favored incumbent Kathleen Rice had 155,960 overall, according to election-night numbers.