With all of Rockland's districts unofficially counted, incumbent Nita Lowey led her opponents on Election Day with almost 62 percent of the vote to represent the redrawn 17th Congressional District.
The district includes all of Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. A 75-year-old Harrison Democrat, Lowey has served in Congress since 1993.
Her opponents were Republican Joe Carvin and Frank Morganthaler, who ran on the "We the People" party line. Morganthaler is 64 and lives in Hawthorne. Carvin is the Rye Town supervisor.
Lowey thanked the voters and spoke about her priorities to help people struggling after Hurricane Sandy.
"Getting the power on and getting all the clothes and food that has been contributed out to the people who desperately need our help," she said. "There's a partnership here. And that's what this is all about."
In Rockland County, 115,794 voters cast ballots in Tuesday's elections. With 100 percent of Rockland's election districts in, Rockland's results showed:Candidates# of votesPercentage of voteNita Lowey (D)64,110 61.66 Joe Carvin (R) 38,647 37.17 Frank Morganthaler (WTP) 1,153 1.11
Westchester’s unofficial tally showed Lowey with 75,766 votes, Carvin with 37.089, and Morganthaler with 1,011. Those votes were with 80 percent of the ballots counted.
The Rockland County Democratic Committee took over Town & Country in Congers while Rockland County Republicans watched election updates throughout the night at Casa Mia in Blauvelt.
Vincent Reda, Rockland Republican chair, said it was a disappointing night for republicans. He was joined by Carvin.
"This is the most important election of our lifetime,” said Carvin. “It really is and I'm very hopeful that we win tonight. I guess it's not looking as good as we want it to early on, but you know what? Everybody can go home tonight and say, 'we gave it everything we had.' Everybody can go home tonight and say, 'we fought the good fight.' You know what? If we lose tomorrow morning, we get up, we dust ourselves off and we get fighting again because we're fighting for the United States of America, the land that we love and people we believe in."
District 17 includes all of Rockland County and Yorktown, Peekskill, Cortlandt, Mount Kisco, New Castle, Ossining, Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Greenburgh, Harrison, Rye in Westchester County.