posted on November 07, 2012 15:38
It was a crazy and busy day for the Genesee County Board of Elections Tuesday.
Republican Chair Dick Siebert, though, was pleased with the results as several Republican incumbents were victorious.
He says there weren’t many surprises in the local election, but he was impressed that Congresswoman Kathy Hochul did as well as she did in a very heavy Republican area.
“Kathy was a very formidable candidate," Siebert said. "I got a call from Livingston County and they said, ‘My gosh, she was all over the place!’ and I said, ‘She was all over the place here, too.’ She really worked hard and she has a great personality – I’m not knocking her at all. I think she did very well in a very Republican district. I think she lost by about 4,100 so I was surprised that she did that well, though I know she worked very hard.”
Siebert says the estimated turnout was average for a presidential election in this area, but that he was expecting a record. Organizers were preparing for a voter turnout of 80-to-85 percent, but only about 70-percent reported. That is the estimate not including absentee and affidavit ballots.