It’s 1:30 a.m., way too late to be blogging for someone who’s
been up since 6 a.m. and has to be back at this desk in seven hours. But we just wrapped up Election Night online coverage, and I
wanted to tell you how proud I am of the way our staff turned around results
for readers of TroyRecord.com and Saratogian.com and followers on Twitter and
A number of races were uncontested and several weakly
contested – but some were hard-fought campaigns that could have gone either way
till all the ballots were in. Keeping tabs on results kept reporters at their
various campaign locations and the handful of editors at The Record and The
Saratogian (Lisa Lewis, Chelsea Kruger, Paul Tackett, Lianne Kim and Karen
Wallingford -- yes, you can count us on one hand) hopping from the time the polls
closed till past midnight. We wanted to be able to tell you who won the local
races, as well as what was happening nationally.
To be sure, it’s weird to publish print editions before the
polls close. Even after a couple of election cycles with the deadline, I don’t
like having a morning paper without last night’s results. But that
did free us tonight to concentrate on being where most readers are: on the Internet.
As for the campaigns: I’d like to say kudos to all the
candidates who cared enough about their community, state and country to run for
office; and congratulations to those who won. I’m so glad the robo-calls and
mailings will be on hold for a few months. And I’m glad to say that I picked
some winners when I voted Tuesday morning.