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The comeback kids: What brought Maffei, Stirpe back to office?

Dan Maffei celebrates on Election Night after learning he is ahead in the polls.

Dan Maffei celebrates on Election Night after learning he is ahead in the polls. Photo by Ned Campbell.

— “Fast forward two years. Albany is functioning better. Stirpe campaigns on a more nuanced version of that claim that he’ll bring more jobs and work within the system like he did before and therefore, be a more effective legislator. Meanwhile, all Don Miller has done is made speeches that are pretty far out there on the conservative scale, and Stirpe wins back his seat.”

According to Reeher, the Republicans should learn some important lessons from this election, namely that such conservative candidates will likely not do well in this area.

“This creates an interesting question for the Republicans going forward: where do they go from here? The Republican Party had a lot of problems and a lot of missteps. They’ve had difficulty finding strong candidates, and at the state level, too. It’s an interesting thing to watch,” Reeher said. “So what do they conclude? How do they approach the 2014 race? The results suggest there’s room for a more moderate candidate, a Republican who’s more able to connect with the voters.”

Ned Campbell contributed to the reporting for this story.

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