House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, listens to Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as they receive updates on election day information at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says it could have been worse.
The six-term incumbent from Huntington, N.Y., has finished his second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a job aimed at getting — and keeping — as many Democrats in Congress as possible.
As head of the DCCC, Israel had to raise money, screen candidates, decide which candidates to spend the money on, and strategize national messaging.
In addition to all that, Steve Israel found the time to write a novel.
Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin soundly defeated six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in New York's first Congressional District.
Going into the night, both campaigns expected the race to be so tight that a winner might not be known until December when all the absentee ballots were counted. But an hour after polls closed Zeldin was up by several thousand votes. The margin ultimately grew to 16 thousand votes, or ten percent.
Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.
"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"
The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.
Incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, left, and Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley look at one another during an exchange about gun laws during a debate Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met for their fourth debate of this election season. Things got personal for the gubernatorial candidates once again.
In recent debates, Malloy has questioned Foley’s business ethics and claimed that Foley had lied to the FBI about a 1981 car crash, that had involved Foley spending a night in jail. Foley has questioned Malloy’s integrity, saying voters can't trust him because he was investigated for corruption when he was mayor of Stamford.
Connecticut Democrats endorsed Governor Dannel Malloy to run for a second term and state Republicans endorsed their 2010 candidate Greenwich businessman Tom Foley to challenge Malloy again. But the stage is not quite set for a rematch.