CANTON Certified elections results released by the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections show that it was predominantly the countys smaller, more rural communities that pushed Republican District Attorney-elect Mary E. Rain to victory against Democratic incumbent Nicole M. Duve in the Nov. 5 election.
Taking home just over 50 percent, or 10,379 votes, of the total, Ms. Rain won significant majorities in towns such as Clare, DeKalb, DePeyster, Edwards, Fowler, Gouverneur, Hermon, Lisbon, Oswegatchie and Pitcairn.
Of the communities where votes cast totaled more than 1,000, Ms. Rain won only the city of Ogdensburg, with 60 percent of the vote, leaving Mrs. Duve to sweep the villages of Canton and Potsdam and win with a slight majority in Massena.
County Republican Committee Chairman Thomas L. Jenison chalked up the victory to Ms. Rains efforts to travel to even the most far-flung parts of the county during her campaign.
The Republicans got out the vote, Mr. Jenison said. That was our strength.
Compared with Mrs. Duve, who made up 34 percent of her total in Canton, Potsdam and Massena, Ms. Rain pieced together her victory in the margins, winning 36 percent of her total in the 20 communities that saw fewer than 600 people show up to the ballot boxes.
Mr. Jenison said Ms. Rains tactic of making house calls far away from the more populated regions of the county paid off, and he was impressed by the number of people he met on the campaign trail who had spoken personally with her.
Stockholm and Piercefield were effectively split evenly between the two candidates, leaving Ms. Rain to win 21 towns and the city of Ogdensburg with Mrs. Duve picking up nine towns.
Mr. Jenison said he expects the 2014 election to bring more voters to the polls, citing the gubernatorial election and other high-profile elections as major draws.
Were on a roll, and we certainly believe we can take a lot more, Mr. Jenison said of the county Republican Partys chances in 2014.
St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee Chairman Mark J. Bellardini could not be reached for comment Monday.