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Jul 8, 2016 12:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Calone Concedes, Throne-Holst Celebrates Democratic Primary Victory After Absentee Votes Are Tallied

Absentee ballots being counted by the Suffolk County Board of Elections and representatives from both Anna Throne-Holst and Dave Calone on Friday to determine a winner in the too close to call race for the first congressional district. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Jul 11, 2016 11:31 AM

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. Friday:

Anna Throne-Holst officially celebrated a victory on Friday afternoon as the counting of absentee ballots was winding down.

“I am deeply grateful to all who placed their trust and support in me, and I am truly humbled by the privilege it has been to get to know, share the concerns, and my message with so many,” she said in a statement. She congratulated her opponent, David Calone, for a “spirited race” and began turning her attention toward the incumbent: “Lee Zeldin has shown in every way how out of step and wrong he is not only for Long Island but for the country.”

Mr. Calone issued a concession statement a short time later, noting that he came within about 300 votes of victory despite being outspent in the primary campaign by nearly $1 million. “That’s a testament to the great Democratic volunteers supporting our campaign across the district,” he said.

He likewise took the opportunity to take aim at the incumbent and back his primary opponent: “We cannot continue being represented by Congressman Lee Zeldin, one of Donald Trump’s loudest advocates in Washington … so I urge people across eastern Long Island to join me in supporting our Democratic nominee, Anna Throne-Holst, to replace him this November.”

Mr. Zeldin’s campaign also offered a statement on Friday, calling him “an independent, strong and effective leader in Congress,” and saying that the district’s voters “are smart enough to sort fact from fiction and reject all of the false, negative and partisan attacks on our congressman being spun up by the Democrats.”

The statement added, “He looks forward to continuing his work for Long Island and our nation in his second term.”



ORIGINAL STORY:

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst appeared poised to win the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District race on Friday afternoon.

Counting of the 1,803 absentee and affidavit ballots was still underway at the Suffolk County Board of Elections headquarters in Yaphank, but with nearly 80 percent of the ballots counted as of noon on Friday, and just 400 remaining, Ms. Throne-Holst had widened her lead to 273 votes over Brookhaven businessman David Calone.

Just 29 votes separated the two after polling on Election Day.

The vote totals were expected to be finalized later Friday afternoon.

At the end of the day on Thursday, with 795 of 1,803 ballots counted, Ms. Thone-Holst had widened her lead to 188 votes.

Most of the ballots counted on Thursday came from towns that she had won, while the bulk of the ballots left to be counted on Friday came from East Hampton and Brookhaven, towns that Mr. Calone won handily.

Brookhaven, with some 950 absentee ballots, accounted for more than half the total, much as it had accounted for a little more than half of the votes cast at polls last Tuesday. Mr. Calone got better than 600 votes more than Ms. Throne-Holst did at the Brookhaven polls. But in the early counting of absentte ballots there, the former supervisor, who lives in Noyac, outperformed the election day results: garnering 141 votes to Mr. Calone’s 140.

As of noon on Friday, absentee ballot counting had been completed for election districts in Islip, Shelter Island, Smithtown, and East Hampton towns with the remaining 400 ballots coming from Brookhaven and Southhold districts. Ms. Throne-Holst was the top vote getter in Southold last Tuesday.

The winner of the race will face U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican, in his first re-election campaign.

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Was she REALLY a democrat ???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 2:23 PM
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Only if it was going to get her what she wanted.
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 3:08 PM
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let's get her out of town for a while
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 8, 16 5:11 PM
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Care to comment, Turkey Bridge? ATH wins and you threw her out like garbage.

At least Anna knows who is trust worthy in the SH Town Dem Committee.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 5:38 PM
wonder what all the dems who did not endorse her are worrying about tonight
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 8, 16 6:54 PM
ATH is truly Machiavellian. The only thing she's interested in is money and power. Her left wing, ultra liberal policies will do enormous damage to the East End. And just when you thought Tim Bishop had bankrupt his last business and quietly slinked away, get ready for his return to public life in some capacity if the ATH regime seizes control.

Lee Zeldin, please save us.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 7:32 PM
It would be interesting to have a breakdown of the vote by town to see if the local Southampton democrats towed the party leadership line or voted independent of it. If the later, I'm curious to see if changes at the top will be called for.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 7:44 PM
me too
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 8, 16 8:06 PM
Me three.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 9:16 PM
Congratulations to Anna Throne-Holst on winning this very spirited primary contest, and best wishes to Dave Calone for what will no doubt be a bright future.

As Dave himself said, now it's time to get behind Anna Throne-Holst as the Democratic candidate and put Lee Zeldin out of Congress. It's unfortunate that this irresponsible extremist has been inflicted on the 1st District for even one term, but we can change that and we will.

Incidentally, some posters here seem not to understand ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 8, 16 10:01 PM
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So who ya gonna listen to, some la-de-da rich and famous types and big pols who are all strangers, or your own people, huh? My vote goes to Dave Calone. " Feb 3, 16 9:15 PM
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 10:20 PM
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We remember Sister Jackie Walsh who was killed in a hit-and-run accident four years ago today on July 9, 2012.

A Press editorial called the investigation a gross miscarriage of justice, and it remains so today, due to inaction by past and present Town Supervisors and Town Boards.

Highway Supt. Gregor's noble attempt to add "Sister Jackie's Way" to Rose Hill Road was squashed by the Town leadership.

This dark cloud still hangs over The East End.
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Rest ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 9, 16 4:47 AM
Good. She can get her clock cleaned by Zeldin.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jul 9, 16 6:35 AM
The last thing we need is a left wing political prostitute representing us in Congress. Looking forward to the debates when Lee asks her about accepting contributions from developers and championing every PDD that crossed her desk. Congressman Lee Zeldin will get a second term.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 9, 16 8:27 AM
You may want to see where Lee Zeldin's support comes from.
Developers will seem like Mother Theresa in comparison.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 16 1:10 PM
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If she were Republican that would be called Pro-Business.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Jul 9, 16 1:57 PM
Party at Bloomberg's or Shinnecock???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 9, 16 11:18 AM
Too bad. Calone would have been so much better a choice.

We are now left to choose between a political opportunist who has ignored the wishes of her constituency and a Right-Wing ideologue who has never been interested in them.

What did we do to deserve this?
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 9, 16 2:54 PM
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Maybe spending your time and effort posting on 27east doesnt get you the response and result you expected. You may want to consider going to the party whom you favor and doing something of substance.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 16 3:11 PM
to But I'm a blank!:

["meow"]
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 9, 16 4:02 PM
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Exactly
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 11:55 AM
Highhat, you know we agree on most things and that I'm a big fan of your writing. Still, as someone actively engaged in local politics myself, I can see merit in blank's not-ungracious invitation. Admittedly, I'm always trying to get people into the arena and not all will come. Given the great promise you demonstrate, however, ...... (Who knows, maybe the joke's on me. You could already be sitting next to me at meetings without my knowing it's Highhat.)
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 9, 16 6:43 PM
to Turkey Bridge:

You have mistaken But I'm a blank!'s silly provocation for graciousness. In reality, he knows (our having discussed it often enough) that I won't become overtly politically active lest I blow my cover to the STPD and suffer reprisals for my criticisms of them. That alone would be enough to stop me. However, to be frank, I prefer to be a commentator rather than a participant. While I greatly enjoy crafting succinct (and, one hopes, entertaining[?]) arguments to forward ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 10, 16 8:45 AM
I agree that this is fun, but it doesn't prevent results like what you eloquently decry in your first post on this thread. Nor does it achieve results like what we'd both like to see. We both know that, fun though it is, 27east has a limited audience and limited potency.

It's true, though, that if anyone on here is getting any traction at all against the Dark Side, it's probably you. (I'm good, but I'm not half so entertaining, and D. Trump is showing us that you must have that element.)

For ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 10, 16 11:33 AM
Forgot to mention, it's really an elementary tactic of covert operations that would allow you to participate without blowing your cover. It's equally elementary that the tactic's usefulness would be destroyed by my describing it here. It is, however, sufficiently intuitive that with a little thought, you'll work it out.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 10, 16 11:39 AM
Yes, its very evident that HHS, by putting forth his efforts on behalf of the left, has convinced, on numerous occasions, the minds of those on the far right. You've got 10-12 people here, that are so frozen in the concrete of their political philosophy, both left and right, that his efforts are best used here.
Please. You're just a hateful little person, eating Cheetos and playing with your laptop. Keep playing with the idea that any police organization, or cop, gives a rats patootie as to ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 16 11:14 AM
There was no provocation, it was pointing out the futility of your posts here, rather than helping George stuff envelopes.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 16 11:16 AM
to But I'm a blank!:

Quote:

"You're just a hateful little person, eating Cheetos and playing with your laptop. Keep playing with the idea that any police organization, or cop, gives a rats patootie as to who you are."
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How easily a sycophant is riled when his devotional idol is criticized.

Keep worshiping at your STPD shrine, But I'm a blank. As for myself, like all residents who aren't acolytes, I will take its ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 14, 16 2:26 AM
Feed your ego , little man.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 16 12:17 PM
to But I'm a blank!:

["meow"]
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 18, 16 5:51 PM
delusions of grandeur HH, the STPD could give a flying fornication about you or your pompous criticism
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 10, 16 10:34 AM
I hear the STPD has put a task force together to find out who HHS is.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 10, 16 3:19 PM
o Turkey Bridge:

I apologize, Turkey Bridge. Rereading my post, I now see so clearly that my comment about the "duplicity" of party politics was both discourteous and cheeky. Obviously, there are plenty of folks who labor in the field of political endeavor, of whom I am sure that you are one, who are sincere and honest. (Note to self: Check "smartass meter" before pressing "Submit".) Furthermore, if one isn't willing to "enter the arena", as TR put it, one's credentials to criticize ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 10, 16 4:35 PM
All good.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 11, 16 10:13 AM
You need to check your ego.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 11:56 AM
Beware if you see a bus.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 12:59 PM
If I never have to see another ATH commercial where that doe eye'd amateur is whispering about some rote baloney it'll be too soon.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 12:47 PM
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I would simply like to thank the Board of Elections employees from the Commissioners to those working the tables as the recount proceeded as well as those who participated in the 3 percent machine testing and those who reviewed each and every absentee ballot envelope and affidavit envelope to insure that every vote which should be counted was counted. They were all extremely professional. As were those working this remcanvass on behalf of both candidates.

The voters have spoken in the ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 13, 16 10:55 PM
Thanks to you, NTiger. Great job.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 15, 16 11:36 AM
Why do the people vote for her? She has a proven record of favoring builders over environmental concerns. Awful.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:03 PM
Too bad Calone lost. Couldn't wait for ATH's term to be over in Southampton Town before she totally destroyed Southampton.

By rvs (106), sag harbor on Jul 19, 16 12:06 AM
Booooo!
By ShinnecockHills (5), Southampton on Jul 21, 16 11:44 AM