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The buzz today out of Nassau is that the total number of "write-ins" logged in the Conservative Party primary Tuesday in the 4th Congressional District actually exceeds the machine votes for Legis. Francis Becker.
This, according to unofficial totals posted on the Nassau Board of Elections website.
According to the board, the totals Tuesday were 253 for "write-in" and 194 for Becker. Frank Scaturro, who apparently lost the GOP primary to Becker, was staging an "opportunity to ballot" campaign that required Conservative enrollees to volunteer his name as the nominee. So, Scaturro said dryly earlier Wednesday, he does not imagine the name most people entered will be Henry Cabot Lodge -- but rather, his own.
Obviously the ballots will have to be opened and counted.
The Democratic candidate for November is incumbent Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. Conventional thinking would have it that she'd stand to benefit if the R and C lines are split between two candidates. Follow-ups as we get them.
For now, it looks like Scaturro, in his Republican rematch against Becker, got 5,175 votes against 6.357 for Becker, who's the preference of the county organization.
Photo: Conservative congressional candidate Frank Scaturro in Garden City. (June 25, 2012)