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Dems win tight Suffolk County races

Rick Brand

Democrats and their allies maintained their 12-6 majority over Republicans in the Suffolk County Legislature as Democrats William Spencer, Rob Calarco and Legis. Sarah Anker all won tight races, according to final election returns.

County election officials said yesterday that Spencer beat Republican Elizabeth Black 50.8 percent to 49.1 percent.

Spencer will succeed Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor), who reached his term limit and could not seek re-election.

Spencer called his victory "decisive," but said "it also tells me we are living in a community that is divided politically, and I plan to be a legislator for the entire community."

Election officials had not tabulated final numbers in the two other legislative contests, but GOP officials effectively conceded by withdrawing all challenges.

Final numbers are expected to be released Friday.

Calarco on Election Night had an unofficial lead of 103 votes in the 7th District, but one precinct was not included in the count because of technical problems.

He picked up 29 votes when that district was included and 33 from absentee and affidavit ballots, according to Democratic officials.

Republican officials differed slightly, pegging Calarco's lead at between 150 and 160 in the final count.

In the 6th District, Anker, who won an upset in a special election last spring, won her first full term as her lead of 357 votes increased when absentee and affidavit ballots were counted, according to Democrats.

Republican officials acknowledge that Anker's lead grew but had no number late Thursday.