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It's 'Groundhog Day' in Nassau County

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano declares victory over

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano declares victory over challenger Thomas Suozzi in Westbury. (Nov. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The more things change .?.?.

After months of campaigning and millions in television ads and mailings, Nassau voters woke up on Wednesday morning to find the county’s politics had hardly changed at all.

The county will continue to have a Republican county executive after Edward Mangano defeated Democratic opponent Thomas Suozzi in a rematch of their 2009 contest.

The rest of the county ticket will remain the same as well after Republican Comptroller George Maragos defeated Democratic Howard Weitzman in a 2009 rematch; Republican County Clerk Maureen O'Connell held onto her office after defeating Democrat Laura Gillen and Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice held off Republican challenger Howard Sturim.

And, while Republicans increased their margin in the county legislature -- from a 10-9 advantage to an 11-8 lead – the GOP still does not have the supermajority of 13 votes needed to borrow without the Democrat’s approval.

“It’s Groundhog’s Day,” said Nassau Democratic Party attorney Tom Garry, referring to the 1993 film where Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again.

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