The election night dinner was a huge success.

by Dave Warner

Turnout in Little Falls was strong throughout the day as people headed to the polls.

Democrats picked up 26 House seats in tallies early Wednesday, putting them within reach of the 218 seats needed to take control from Republicans, the Associated Press projected.

However, Democrats’ hopes of an overwhelming “Blue Wave” in both chambers of Congress and in governors races was dimmed as losses in at least three key Senate races — including Beto O’Rourke in Texas — meant Republicans would have control of the Senate with an even bigger majority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, lost Upstate New York, according to the unofficial election night tally, but won the election.

Cuomo won six out of 50 counties Upstate: Albany, Erie, Monroe, Onondaga, Tompkins and Ulster. Four of the counties happen to be home to the state’s big Upstate cities: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Republican Marc Molinaro carried 44 counties Upstate, plus three Downstate counties: Dutchess County, where he is county executive, Orange County and Putnam County.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney said it’s too close to call the race despite Democratic opponent Anthony Brindisi giving what sounded like a victory speech. The race tightened to a 1,400-vote lead for Brindisi in its last minutes, staffers said.

So Tenney, the New York 22nd Congressional District’s Republican incumbent, and her staff will examine whether the 16,000-plus absentee ballots that are outstanding give her a path to victory.

“There might be some good news,” Tenney said to an assembled crowd before disappearing into the back room of Cavallo’s restaurant in New Hartford, where she and campaign staff had been poring over election returns most of Tuesday night.