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Jun 28, 2016 6:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Democratic Primary In Limbo After Tight Vote

Dave Calone and Anna Throne-Holst
Jun 29, 2016 10:18 AM

The Democratic primary for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives remains too close to call after the ballots cast at polls across the East End on Tuesday were counted, leaving the race in limbo until more than 1,600 absentee ballots are counted sometime after the July 4 holiday.

With all of the district’s 473 polling places reporting in at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst was leading Brookhaven businessman David Calone by just 29 votes, 5,446-5,417.

The winner will challenge U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, who is running his first reelection campaign after unseating six-term Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop in 2014.

The Suffolk County Board of Elections has received 1,661 absentee ballots for the race—which make up more than 10 percent of the total votes cast. Until July 5, the Board of Elections will continue to accept ballots that were postmarked by June 27. After that date, it will open all the mailed-in ballots and begin counting—a process that could take two days or more.

With the vote as tight as it is, the possibility of a subsequent recount of the ballots cast on Tuesday also looms.

There are 137,000 registered Democrats in the 1st Congressional District, which encompasses all of the five East End towns, plus Brookhaven Town and portions of Smithtown Town.

Primary elections in the district typically have drawn only about 10 to 12 percent of eligible voters to the polls. Tuesday’s primary vote appears in line to be on par with that average, or perhaps slightly ahead.

The race is the first Democratic primary in the district since an unusual contest in 2000, when Regina Seltzer beat incumbent U.S. Representative Michael P. Forbes by just 35 votes to win the Democratic line. About 13 percent of eligible Democrats cast ballots in that vote.

There have been several Republican Party primaries over the years between would-be challengers in the years Mr. Bishop held the 1st Congressional District seat. None drew more than 10 percent participation in the primary vote.

Some of those involved in the campaigns had wondered aloud in recent weeks whether a June primary, the week after school let out, would mean depressed voter turnout.

The election has also been a costly one. Both candidates had already spent more than $1 million on the race with three weeks left before the vote. A surge of spending on television ads by both sides in the closing weeks could well have pushed the total cost of the primary toward $3 million.

In congressional primaries, the candidate who raises more money, be it by a margin of $1 or $1 million, wins the election 86 percent of the time, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit group that compiles statistics about campaign fundraising. Ms. Throne-Holst had raised more than $1.7 million in her most recent disclosure filings, while Mr. Calone reported about $1.3 million.

The race was widely seen to be a tight one throughout. Ms. Throne-Holst announced her candidacy last summer, just a few months after having pledged to run for a fourth and final term as Southampton Town supervisor, a seat she had won easily in previous tries.

She has said she was recruited to run for the seat by state and national party leaders and quickly received the pledged support of Mr. Bishop, who held the 1st District seat for six terms, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Ms. Throne-Holst came out of the gate with a battery of big names and large unions in her corner. But it was Mr. Calone who made news with his endorsements when all of the elected Democrats in Southampton and East Hampton towns—including County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who served for five years on the Town Board alongside Ms. Throne-Holst—came out in support of him.

Whoever the eventual winner is will next take on Mr. Zeldin who is marching into his first reelection campaign with some $2.8 million in his war chest, even before the expected influx of dollars from the national party offices and PACs, which see the 1st District as a seat that is “in play” in nearly every election cycle because of tight party registration splits and high numbers of voters with no political party affiliation.

Mr. Zeldin has also been approaching the coming race, thus far, firmly hand in hand with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Mr. Zeldin has pointed to Mr. Trump’s soaring 75-percent victory in the presidential primary among Republican voters in the 1st District as an encouraging sign to where his support will be, while both of the Democratic contenders to oppose him have gleefully reminded their supporters of the congressman’s support for the bombastic presidential hopeful as a rallying cry.

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ATH! The logical choice.
By Draggerman (871), Southampton on Jun 28, 16 7:44 AM
Lol!
By East End 2 (139), Southampton on Jun 28, 16 9:59 AM
Who's LOGIC………….democRATS ?
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Jun 29, 16 10:09 AM
For the 1% maybe. For the rest of us, it's Dave Calone.
By rabblerouser (45), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 16 8:03 AM
Dave Calone is the only candidate who can beat Lee Zeldin because Dave is the one who has the backing of the Independence Party. If ATH wins the primary today, then Zeldin wins the general in November, because she can't win the general without that Indy line.

Moreover, on background and temperament, Calone is by far the better choice to defeat Zeldin and represent us in congress.

You can tell that ATH is worried, since she's piling on the lies about Dave and herself now. A storm ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1921), Quiogue on Jun 28, 16 8:15 AM
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You helped create the lying ATH!!! What changed your attitude towards her??
By mr11968 (11), southampton on Jun 28, 16 9:13 PM
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You condemn her then go on to try to link her to Suffolk Conservatives and ergo, Trump. What a hoot you can be!

This guy Calone is probably the dullest candidate the party has ever offered.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 16 11:04 PM
You created her, supported her & now you throw her to the curb...

By Draggerman (871), Southampton on Jun 29, 16 6:33 AM
Gents, every political contest is a comparison between two candidates. Comparing ATH with Linda Kabot or no opponent, I chose ATH. Comparing ATH with Dave Calone, I choose Dave Calone. Comparing ATH, if she wins this primary, with Lee Zeldin, I choose ATH, because Zeldin is a disaster. He's a Tea Party pet, a climate change denier and a top Trump surrogate. I'd rather send a dumpster fire to congress than Lee Zeldin.

But I'm getting ahead of the vote count. About 2000 absentee ballots ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1921), Quiogue on Jun 29, 16 12:02 PM
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If Calone pulls it off, you'd best fire that boy up.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 29, 16 2:04 PM
If Lee Zeldin is"a Tea Party pet," wouldn't that make you a Progressive Pet, TB?

Or at the very least, the Democratic Party apparatchik?




By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Jun 30, 16 11:32 AM
Either one of the Dem candidates are much akin to a "Dumpster Fire".

By Draggerman (871), Southampton on Jul 2, 16 2:34 PM
Politician Barbie & her fantasy world of pretend accomplishments. She is ambitious though. Gotta give her credit for that. Could someone explain that adult woman she claims is her recent foster child? Adds appeal to a couple more demographics, no?
By East End 2 (139), Southampton on Jun 28, 16 10:02 AM
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ATH = Pure Evil
By mr11968 (11), southampton on Jun 28, 16 9:20 PM
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It doesn't matter which of these candidates is the Democrat choice, Lee takes it in a landslide.
By bigfresh (4146), north sea on Jun 29, 16 6:23 AM
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Either way, Lee Zelden will be re-elected in a landslide ! Strange how NO democrat who serve with Ms. Throne-Holtz backed her ! Seems many of the folks believe she's owned by REAL ESTATE INTERESTS ! What do you SAY Anna?
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Jun 29, 16 10:08 AM
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The Honorable Lee will be reelected only if voting rights are extended to his Tel Avivian constituents. Otherwise - - - not.

Residents of the 1st district will not overlook the profound indifference that he has shown to THEIR concerns.
By highhatsize (3923), East Quogue on Jun 29, 16 10:43 AM
Lovely. Just because obama made it cool to be an anti semitic moron, doesn't mean you actually have to go and be one.
By even flow (808), East Hampton on Jun 29, 16 3:35 PM
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to even flow:

Quote:

"Lovely. Just because obama made it cool to be an anti semitic moron, doesn't mean you actually have to go and be one."
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Another post by another Jewish victimhood promoter too blindly biased (and dull) to notice the glaring irony of his own words.

How, voters should ask themselves, has The Honorable Lee exerted himself on behalf of his 1st District constituents in a manner that even begins ...more
By highhatsize (3923), East Quogue on Jun 29, 16 5:53 PM
You can take the hood off, the Grand Wizard has left the building, the coffee is cold and the meeting is over.
By even flow (808), East Hampton on Jun 29, 16 6:05 PM
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I'll keep it far less substantive and cerebral than HHS. Stated simply, Lee Zeldin is a tool. Either Dem in this race is far more qualified and infinitely preferable to Zeldin.
By Arnold Timer (314), Sag Harbor on Jun 29, 16 7:02 PM
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'A tool", you say?

Calone isn't qualified to carry Lee's combat boots. And ATH is a joke looking for a punchline.
By Draggerman (871), Southampton on Jun 29, 16 9:39 PM
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He did not need the combat boots. He worked in the JAG office for 6 weeks in country before coming home.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 30, 16 11:42 AM
ATH is awful. She's only running for office to benefit herself personally. She could care less about our town and any of us residents.
By BillWillConn3 (173), Southampton on Jun 29, 16 9:45 PM
Yes and really smart people see Hillary Clinton as the honest, selfless, fighter for the little guy that she is.
I mean right wing conspiracies, you tube videos, sniper fire, silly email investigations.....She's been through so much
By jams (127), hampton bays on Jun 29, 16 11:29 PM
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I don't see how anti-semitism plays into this. You are haters and I am disgusted that 27East allowed this line of comments to remain.
By Taz (554), East Quogue on Jun 30, 16 11:50 AM
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The Honorable Lee will be reelected only if voting rights are extended to his Tel Avivian constituents. Otherwise - - - not.

Residents of the 1st district will not overlook the profound indifference that he has shown to THEIR concerns.
By highhatsize (2755), East Quogue on Jun 29, 16 10:43 AM
By even flow (808), East Hampton on Jun 30, 16 12:00 PM
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to even flow:

"How, voters should ask themselves, has The Honorable Lee exerted himself on behalf of his 1st District constituents in a manner that even begins to compare to his efforts on behalf of The Likud Party of Israel (as, for example, in his dissemination of State Department secrets, stolen by Israeli spies, in his attempted sabotage of a treaty to which Bibi Netanyahu objected?)

By highhatsize (2755), East Quogue on Jun 29, 16 5:53 PM"

It is The Honorable Lee's ...more
By highhatsize (3923), East Quogue on Jun 30, 16 12:47 PM
In the final analysis, the most important difference between the two candidates is that one wants to destroy the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and deprive poorer American workers of access to health care. The compassionate people of my acquaintance in New York's First Congressional District just won't do that.

We all look forward to Tim's reelection.


By highhatsize Jul 20, 14 10:52 AM
By They call me (2618), southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:30 PM
Tim's life was never the same after that vote. Economists have concluded that the large deductibles used by the PPACA caused patients to avoid care. In other words obamavare made Tim's fans sicker AND poorer.
By SlimeAlive (1133), Southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:36 PM
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Nobody actually expects you to agree with the obviously accurate indictment of you as an anti Semitic drummer. You can't take that stuff back. It's now between you and your maker.
By SlimeAlive (1133), Southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:38 PM
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What???
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jun 30, 16 9:20 PM

POLL: TRUMP PULLS INTO LEAD

White House Watch
White House Watch: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%

Rasmussen Reports, Thursday, June 30, 2016

The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. ...more
By 27dan (2632), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 30, 16 1:26 PM
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to Captn America:

"[E]motionally charged scare tactics"! Dear god, if you think that my comments are "emotionally charged", you must have the body temperature of a lizard. (Oh, wait, you're an extremist Right-Winger and we MAY be talking about spending YOUR money. Never mind.)

Since we are now in agreement that Lee Zeldin has said nothing about the federal programs for the 1st District that he would abort or eschew in the name of ideological fidelity, perhaps it is time for ...more
By They call me (2618), southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:33 PM
Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.

If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (1893), southampton on Jun 30, 16 2:42 PM
Now why would the DOJ do something like that? Could it have anything to do with the Attorney General meeting with Slick Willy last week? No way, nothing to see here , movie along sheeple.
By bigfresh (4146), north sea on Jul 1, 16 6:28 AM
to SlimeAlive:

Quote:

"Tim's life was never the same after that vote. Economists have concluded that the large deductibles used by the PPACA caused patients to avoid care. In other words obamavare made Tim's fans sicker AND poorer."
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ONE study of ONE company came to the conclusion that under the uniques circumstances therein (employee insurance went from NO deductible to a high deductible), insureds were less ...more
By highhatsize (3923), East Quogue on Jul 1, 16 5:43 AM
Yes, very depressing. We've become the Sunnis and Shiites of the West.
Same goes for England and France, though.
By June Bug (2358), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 1, 16 10:59 AM
That Lee Zeldin votes on the side of the Big Polluters should be reason enough to send him packing.
By June Bug (2358), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 1, 16 11:36 AM
The Clintons still live in a bubble - thinking that they are above the rules and can break them when convenient - even thought the rest of us have to play by the same rules. I don't see things changing.
By Erin 27 E (1178), hampton bays on Jul 1, 16 12:30 PM
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If Hillary was held to the same standard as Dinesh D'Souza
she'd be in prison for at least 1,000 years.
By They call me (2618), southampton on Jul 1, 16 1:13 PM
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LYNCH IN A PINCH!

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, conceding that her airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton this week had cast a shadow over a federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email account, said Friday that she would accept whatever recommendations that career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges in the case.
By Undocumented Democrat (1893), southampton on Jul 1, 16 12:29 PM
Does that mean that she would not have "accepted " what came down if she didn't get caught with Slick Willy???!!!
By bigfresh (4146), north sea on Jul 1, 16 12:47 PM
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Exactly
By Erin 27 E (1178), hampton bays on Jul 1, 16 1:09 PM
People on the public dole would vote democrat even if they were voting for the Hitler.

What has happened to this country where we have this criminal running for President and still receiving so much support? How is it that so many Americans are still asleep after all that is known about Hillary? Mainstream media cannot be believed and will not report the things people need to know.

We surely will be sorry! I hope America wakes up NOW OR NEVER!
By They call me (2618), southampton on Jul 1, 16 1:18 PM
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What law did she break?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 6, 16 12:08 AM
Just the latest round of Clinton corruption at the highest levels of our government, and the disdain for the citizenry from the political ruling class, is practiced openly now ... with no fear of reprisals, remember, if this investigation bubbles up to influence peddling either through the foundation, or payments made to Former President Clinton via speaking fees for policy shifts or grants (Lorette University, China payment for the Asian Pivot, Russian Payments for Selling US Uranium Holdings), ...more
By joe hampton (3297), Hamptons on Jul 1, 16 5:34 PM
to joe hampton:

More washerwoman rubbish from the extreme Right-Wing. If it eliminated prejudicial gossip, innuendo and implication from its discourse, it would be mute.

We STILL wait in hope for it to produce ONE OBJECTIVE FACT that supports its fantasies. (In ten years, we will STILL be waiting.)
By highhatsize (3923), East Quogue on Jul 2, 16 9:02 AM
Remember when libs would lament a court system that would simply toss the poor minorities into prison while letting rich, white connected elites skate? It was all a fraud
By even flow (808), East Hampton on Jul 3, 16 5:23 AM
I voted absentee. The day after the election I received a phone call from an unidentified political survey asking me who I had voted for. The question is legal to ask. But, rude, and no one's business. Today, I again received another call again asking who did I vote for. I dialed back the incoming phone numbers. A message machine answers saying "the call you received was about local political issues and not a sales call". Whose campaign is trying to determine the outcome of the absentee ballots?
By esg1192 (8), Southampton on Jul 6, 16 12:02 AM