Nearly four hours after polls closed for the 2010 Primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 14, Jennifer Whalen emerged as the clear winner in the 109th Assembly race. She will now challenge Democratic incumbent Bob Reilly for his seat in November.
Jennifer Whalen ran against Craig Hayner on the Conservative line and against both Hayner and James Whalen on the Republican line. Election results with 100 percent reporting showed Jennifer Whalen with a total of 2,737 votes, Hayner with 2,169 votes and James Whalen with 1,305. Hayner did win in Saratoga County, but Jennifer Whalen's win in Albany County put her over the edge.
I'm really happy, excited and cleaning up the office so that I can hit the ground running and think about my next move, said Jennifer Whalen. "I've got to check the final numbers and then I'm going to call my opponents, wish them well and thank them for running spirited campaigns and keeping it civilized and clean."
"Obviously, we were hoping for a different outcome ... but I want to thank everybody from the very bottom of my heart for all the hard work that everybody did," said James Whalen, after about 98 percent of poll results were in.
Craig Hayner, a Town of Halfmoon Councilman and small business owner, expressed disappointment and congratulations after hearing the Primary results.
"I would like to congratulate Jennifer Whalen on her victory here tonight. It was a tough battle all the way and in the end, the voters of the 109th made the final decision on who was best to take on the incumbent Bob Reilly in November," said Hayner in an email. "I would like to thank God, my family, our campaign team, the Halfmoon Republican Committee, the Saratoga County Conservative Committee and all the people who came out to volunteer for my campaign for all of your hard work and dedication. I am both grateful and humbled by your support and I look forward to helping the candidates who truly want to fix what is broken in Albany and Washington, DC get elected this fall."