The only thing that is certain from primary night results is that they are uncertain.
When the polls closed that night, we, independently, obtained results from many districts and there are substantial conflict in what the Board of Elections reports and what we obtained.
Remember that the "call in" process of results, which occurs at the end of voting is subject to error, especially with the new voting machines.
Poll workers, who had just finished working a 16 hour day, print out a four foot long tape (looks like an adding machine tape) which contains numerous numbers in different places and repeats candidates names in several locations with different numbers. From that tape, poll workers are asked to quickly ascertain the right numbers and call them into BOE offices. Most workers, rightfully eager to end their day and go home, completed this process in minutes.
Initial results on primary night seemed to establish a pattern but then, several districts were reported that had Murtagh in the 50 vote range and me and Martinelli at one or two votes each, clearly outside of the trend and pattern.
We could not independently verify, since the numbers are "called out" by the poll worker reading the tape and our poll watchers are not actually allowed to look at it. We have yet to physically view the tape and won't be able to do so until the recount which starts on September 23.
As far as the Conservative "write in " primary goes, we believe that Martinelli has lost it and some of his supporters just about admit it. In many districts the number of write in votes was much higher than the number of votes cast for Martinelli.
However, we won't know which name was written in until the recount occurs. We put on a campaign for write in votes and know that many conservative voters did write in my name. However, we also know that, Mike Spano had the fire union members (great majority of which are conservatives) write in his name. Parenthetically, it's a bit bizarre that an ultra liberal like Mike Spano thinks he can legitimize seeking or running as a conservative.
In any event, we are still in the race, proudly on the Independence Party line. We may yet obtain the Conservative line and the Republican primary is uncertain, as far as I am concerned. Murtagh shouldn't be blowing out the candles on the celebratory cake, just yet.
It's estimated that the turnout was approximately 15% of party vote and about 2% of total vote. There is no mandate in any of these results. The election is still up for grabs.
Maybe we should change our campaign theme to one which is growing in popularity around the country, which is "Throw the Bums Out"
Murtagh and Spano both are incumbent office holders looking to perpetuate their political careers. I'm the opposite, a taxpaying professional citizen & businessman, who wants to throw he bums out.
Keep the faith. and we'll keep you updated. Thanks for your help and support. I am forever grateful.