After the polls closed and the results started coming in last night showing Democratic victories in key races including for U.S. House of Representatives and New York State Senate, groups that had campaigned for the candidates began celebrating their victories.
Abortion rights, gay marriage and union groups all weighed in.
Choice Matters, a Westchester abortion rights organization said in an email blast: “Last night was a great night for Choice!” All but two of their endorsed candidates won reelection and they particularly noted the win by George Latimer in the 37th Senate District over Republican Bob Cohen and by David Buchwald in the 93rd Assembly District over incumbent Republican Bob Castelli.
“Choice played a vital role in the election again this year,” the group said in a statement. “We found ourselves defending our right to use birth control, and were repeatedly told by anti- choice extremists such crazy notions like pregnancy by rape never occurs but when it does it is a blessing from God.”
32BJ of the Service Employees International Union also cheered Latimer’s victory, saying union members worked hard on the campaign.
“32BJ congratulates George Latimer on his election to the state Senate,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa in a statement. “George showed through his work on the Westchester County Board of Legislators his commitment to championing the rights of middle-class and working families. New York needs state Senators like him who will work to create a broadly shared prosperity in our state.”
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund touted Sean Patrick Maloney’s election over incumbent Republican House member Nan Hayworth in Westchester, Putnam and points north.
“The Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Sean and worked to get him elected because we wanted a representative from the 18th District who will fight for women and women’s health,” said President/CEO Reina Schiffrin. “And, that is what we will have come January. Sean is up for the job and we are confident that he will stand up to politicians in Washington who continue to launch attacks against women’s access to health care.”
The Human Rights Campaign, which works for gay marriage, congratulated Sean Patrick Maloney.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement: “The growing presence of LGBT voices on Capitol Hill draws much-needed attention to the urgency of advancing equality, and HRC is excited to work with the Congressman-elect on these issues in the coming term.
Photo: Voting machine inspector Audrey Mazza watches as Democratic candidate Sean Patrick Maloney casts his vote at the North Highlands firehouse in Philipstown Nov. 6, 2012. He is challenging Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, for the 18th Congressional District. ( Joe Larese/The Journal News )