Republican Wins Suffolk Special Election

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 4: A woman leaves a voting booth on Election Day November 4, 2003 in New York City. Voters in New York City answered five ballot questions to amend the city charter and the state constitution, including whether to institute nonpartisan elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Election officials on Long Island have certified Republican Dean Murray as the winner of a special election in the 3rd Assembly District.

    Suffolk County Board of Elections officials released results Wednesday of a recanvass of the Feb. 9 vote, showing Murray with a 160-vote victory over Democrat Lauren Thoden.

    Preliminary results on Election Night had Murray leading by 186.

    The seat covering part of Suffolk County's south shore was open because incumbent Patricia Eddington was elected Brookhaven town clerk in November. Thoden worked on Eddington's staff.

    With Murray's victory, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the Assembly, 108-43.