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Nita Lowey romps to re-election victory over Joe Carvin

Congresswoman Nita Lowey laughs with supporters during the

Congresswoman Nita Lowey laughs with supporters during the beginning of the Rockland Democratic Election Night party in Congers. (Nov. 6, 2012) Credit: Faye Murman

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) was on track to win re-election by a wide margin over challenger Republican Joe Carvin, a Rye town supervisor, early Wednesday.

With 92 percent of districts reporting, Lowey had 64 percent of the votes, almost double the Carvin total.

At 9:30, the 75-year-old Lowey -- dressed in a tweed blazer and black pants -- sat in Town and Country catering hall in Congers, sipping on a glass of water and watching state results come in on News12.

As the results came in, she talked more about the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy than her likely victory in the election.

"Frankly, it's been a bittersweet week. I've spent most of my time talking to FEMA, Con Ed, O&R, trying to get things straightened out," she said. "There's so many people without power."

Asked about her own race, she would not claim victory.

"Until they're all counted I will still be cautiously optimistic," she said.

Other Rockland County Democrats in the hall ate and drank, and watched television with Lowey, hooting and hollering every time a station declared a Democratic victory.

Dustin Hausner, 23, Clarkstown, who works part-time at the Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Spring Valley as education/media coordinator, was wearing a red-and-white striped Uncle Sam hat.

"Locally, the Democrats are definitely going to do well," said Hausner. "In the presidential race, we're hopeful, but we need to see what happens in Florida. It's close. But we got Pennsylvania, which was key."

Running for her 13th term, Lowey proudly ran on her record of bringing federal spending to the Hudson Valley.

Carvin, a hedge fund manager, touted his business acumen during the campaign, suggesting it would help him get legislation that would support jobs. His wealth helped him compete with Lowey's fundraising operation -- he loaned his own campaign $1 million, and had more cash on hand than Lowey as the campaign entered its final phase -- but it wasn't enough to unseat the veteran Democrat.

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