Mr. Nuzzi conceded the race to Mr. Schneiderman a few minutes past 11 p.m. Tuesday, and a little more than two hours after the polls closed. With 65 of 68 districts reported at that time, Mr. Schneiderman had received 11,329 votes, or 60.3 percent of ballots cast, while Mr. Nuzzi received 7,444 votes, or 39.7 percent of the ballots.
“Irrespective of the outcome, I’m very grateful for the two terms I spent with the Town Board and the support of town residents in that endeavor,” said Mr. Nuzzi, whose term expires at the end of the year. “I’m very grateful to the people of the 2nd Legislative District for taking the time to talk to me over months and months about their concerns for their communities.”
Mr. Nuzzi, who described his opponent as a “good public servant,” said it is too early to say whether or not he’ll seek the same county seat again in two years, when Mr. Schneiderman cannot seek reelection due to term limits.
As for Mr. Schneiderman, he said he has much to do over the next two years, namely working to continue to protect the environment and reduce cases of Lyme’s disease on the East End.
He also said that he thinks Mr. Nuzzi will make a second run for his seat in 2015.
“My guess is that Chris is going to want to run again,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I don’t know if his showing tonight supports that. There’s going to be a lot of people interested in this seat.”
With 61 of 68 election districts reported, Mr. Schneiderman appears to be on track to win reelection to his sixth and final term on the Suffolk County Legislature.
Mr. Schneiderman leads Mr. Nuzzi with 60.3 percent of ballots cast as of 10:50 p.m., according to the Board of Elections. Mr. Schneiderman has received 10,850 votes while Mr. Nuzzi has collected 7,139 votes, or 39.7 percent of ballots cast. There are also two write-in votes.
Mr. Nuzzi had not yet conceded the race as of 10:50 p.m.
In spite of trailing for the entire evening, Mr. Nuzzi was not ready to concede the race, noting that he does not know what districts have not been reported by the Board of Elections.
“Having been out here I don’t know what election districts are in or where they’re from … ” he said. “I’m not sure what’s remaining to come on, what areas that is. So, yeah, there’s a relatively small percentage in, so we’ll see what happens the rest of the evening.”
He also took a moment to thank the voters: “The last five or six months have offered a great chance to talk to people, so irrespective of the outcome, I appreciate their time and participation in the process because, obviously, that’s what we’re here for, to work on behalf of the residents.”
Mr. Schneiderman, meanwhile, says he feels comfortable with his lead and thinks he will secure his sixth term of office soon.
“Yes, I’m feeling very comfortable. It would be very hard for him to close that kind of gap. It’s been 60-40 in every districts, which is pretty much what my polls showed back in April.”
As of 10:20 p.m., Mr. Schneiderman was maintaining his nearly two-to-one lead over Mr. Nuzzi. With 45 of 68 districts reporting, Mr. Schneiderman has received 7,127 votes, or 60.1 percent of all ballots cast, while Mr. Nuzzi has received 4,731 votes, or 39.9 percent of ballots cast, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
When commenting on his early lead, Mr. Schneiderman said he thinks that many Republicans are voting for him, adding that the more conservative members of the GOP are casting their ballots for his opponent.
Mr. Schneiderman, however, remained cautious about his nearly two-to-one lead on Mr. Nuzzi.
“I haven’t seen where the other races are coming in, so I don’t want to be premature but I’m hopeful,” Mr. Schneiderman said shortly before 10 p.m. “I don’t know what districts are reporting.
“These nights are roller-coaster nights,” he continued. “Voting is over, the voters have decided, we just don’t know what that decision is yet.”
Mr. Schneiderman still holds a large lead over Mr. Nuzzi with 25 of 68 districts reporting. Mr. Schneiderman has received 4,554 votes cast while Mr. Nuzzi has collected 2,947 votes, according to the Board of Elections.
With 16 of 68 districts reporting, Mr. Schneiderman is holding a commanding lead over Mr. Nuzzi, according to unofficial results posted by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Mr. Schneiderman has 63 percent of votes cast so far while Mr. Nuzzi has 37 percent of ballots cast.
Mr. Nuzzi is awaiting the election results at The Emporium in Patchogue, where most of the Republicans seeking office across Suffolk County are expected to gather tonight, while his opponent, Mr. Schneiderman, is expected to watch the polls with the Southampton Town Democrats at 230 Elm in Southampton.
The Suffolk County Board of Elections has not posted any results of the election at this time.
Voters in Southampton and East Hampton towns will decide Tuesday whether long-time incumbent Jay Schneiderman will retain his spot as county legislator for a sixth and final term or if Chris Nuzzi will bring a fresh face to Hauppauge.
Registered voters on the South Fork can cast their vote for who they want to see representing Suffolk County’s 2nd Legislative District—a position that comes with two-year terms and a salary of $98,260—between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Mr. Schneiderman, an Independence Party member who also holds the Democratic and Working Families party lines, has held the position since 2004. Before taking office, the Montauk resident served two terms as East Hampton town supervisor.
Mr. Nuzzi, a Westhampton Beach Village resident, reached the two-term limit on the Southampton Town Board this year. A Republican who also holds the Conservative Party line in Tuesday’s election, Mr. Nuzzi was born and raised in East Hampton.
The second legislative district also will include Shelter Island starting next year when the new legislature begins in January 2014.