Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo coasted to re-election to a third term by a 3-2 margin over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro in statewide voting Tuesday.
Across the Southern Tier, however, it was a different story. Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, trounced Cuomo by better than 2-1 in Cattaraugus County and 3-1 in Allegany County.
In unofficial results reported by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections, Cuomo received 6,530 votes, or 27.9 percent of the vote on Election Night. He was on the Democrat, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality parties.
Molinaro, who ran on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines, got 12,720 votes, or 61.8 percent of the vote in Cattaraugus County.
There are 44,383 active registered voters in the county. There were a total of 23,342 votes cast in the governor’s race, which means turnout was better than 52 percent.
Cattaraugus County Republican Party Chairman Robert Keis Sr. said Cuomo’s poor showing Upstate, and particularly Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, was more than just voter enrollment.
“The biggest thing is the SAFE Act,” Keis said. “It turns a lot of people off. He’s looking at what’s going on in New York City and Albany, not how his policies hurt Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.”
Statewide, Cuomo received 3,353,495 votes, or 57.9 percent of the vote, to 2,089,228 votes or 36 percent for Molinaro. More than 5.7 million votes were cast out of 11.5 million registered voters statewide.
Also in Cattaraugus County voting, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received 284 votes (1.2 percent) and Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe got 1,049 votes (4.4 percent).
There are just over 1,000 absentee ballots that remain to be counted by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections.
In Allegany County, Cuomo received 3,171 votes (21.9 percent) to 9,624 votes for Molinaro (66.6 percent). Sharpe got 940 votes (6.5 percent) and Hawkins got 172 (1.1 percent). There are 25,003 active registered voters in the county, which means nearly 56 percent voted.
Republican candidates also outpolled Democrats in the comptroller and attorney general races in both Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
In Cattaraugus County, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, received 9,769 votes (41.8 percent) to 12,142 (52 percent) for Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter.
Also in Cattaraugus County, Democrat Letitia A. James, the winner in the attorney general race — she will be the first African-American woman to hold statewide office in New York — got 6,955 votes (29.8 percent) to 14,586 votes (62.4 percent) for Republican Keith Wofford.
Allegany County reported 5,109 votes (35.4 percent) for DiNapoli to 8,391 votes (58.1 percent) for Trichter, and 3,616 votes (25 percent) went to James while 9,767 votes (67.2 percent) were for Wofford.
State offices for the 57th Senate District of Cattaraugus, Allegany, Chautauqua and part of Livingston counties and the 148th Assembly District of Cattaraugus, Allegany and part of Steuben counties were both uncontested.
State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, received 76,001 votes (84.3 percent) across the four-county district. There were also 13,741 blank votes (15.2 percent) and 334 write-ins (0.37 percent).
The vote by county was:
• Cattaraugus — 19,773 votes and 3,480 blanks.
• Allegany — 12,851 votes, 1,543 blanks.
• Chautauqua — 34,765 votes, 6,785 blanks.
• Livingston — 8,612 votes, 1,933 blanks.
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, was also unopposed in his re-election bid. The Assembly vote was 31,886 votes or 81.9 percent with 6,923 blank votes or 17.7 percent.
The vote by county was:
• Cattaraugus — 18,857 votes, 4,411 blanks.
• Allegany — 12,076 votes, 2,315 blanks.
• Steuben — 953 votes, 197 blanks.
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