Statement: Justin Wagner on Result of 40th District Senate Race 11/16/12

Justin Wagner issued the following statement on the resolution to the campaign for State Senate in the 40th District
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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2012 Please Contact: Justin Wagner |
Justin Wagner on Resolution of 40th District State Senate Race
Croton-on-Hudson, NY – Justin Wagner issued the following statement on the resolution to the campaign for State Senate in the 40th District:
“I want to congratulate Senator Ball on a hard-fought victory in this election and wish him the best in representing our community.  While absentee ballots are still being counted, information from the Board of Elections indicates that the number of outstanding ballots does not give me a realistic path to victory, and I do not think a protracted litigation would best serve the interests of the Hudson Valley.
“Despite an incredible campaign and strong grassroots support, we have come up a little short, ending up with approximately 49% of the vote.  I’m proud of the issues-based campaign that we ran, and I want to thank the voters for engaging in a lively discussion about the issues – from raising the minimum wage, to standing up for reproductive health, to reforming our campaign finance system, to enacting common sense gun safety laws, to moving forward with substantive property tax relief.  We fought for issues that impact middle class families in New York, and I will continue to do that as a private citizen.”

In conceding, Wagner also responded to Senator Ball’s repeated tweets about having a beer:
“Greg – we definitely should have that beer.  Let’s do it at a great Hudson Valley local business like the Peekskill Brewery.  First round is on me!”

Background on the SD-40 Race

  • According to the current tally from the Westchester County Board of Elections, Justin Wagner won Westchester County by nearly 4,000 votes. However, that margin was not enough to offset Senator Ball’s victories in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.

Current SD-40 Tallies from the County Boards of Elections

Wagner Ball
44,509 40,778 Westchester
9,704 14,741 Putnam
3,243 5,161 Dutchess
57,456 60,680 TOTAL
49 % 51 %
  • Despite being a first-time candidate and political newcomer, Justin Wagner ran a spirited campaign that garnered endorsements from the New York Times, Journal News, Lewisboro Ledger and Putnam County Press. See,
  • Wagner received the support of President Bill Clinton, who said of Wagner: “Justin Wagner is a candidate of mainstream values and common sense solutions for the Hudson Valley. Justin will work with people on both sides of the aisle to get our economy moving again and put people back to work. I will be proud to call Justin Wagner my State Senator.” See,
  • Senator Greg Ball has repeatedly tweeted at Wagner about having a beer after the election. See, e.g., Greg Ball Tweet, Oct 27, 2012: “A very happy birthday to my opponent @JustinWagner12Let’s grab a beer after the election!”
  • Absentee and affidavit ballots will continue to be counted by the Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Boards of Elections.
  • Wagner, 32, is an attorney and lives in Croton-on-Hudson with his wife Christine and daughter Samantha. 
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Copyright © 2012 Friends of Justin Wagner, All rights reserved. This email is intended for members of the press who are regularly covering or are interested in the race for New York State Senate in the 40th Senate District.
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Peekskill, NY 10566

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