Republicans and Democrats split the local races in Milford, with Democrats winning the state Senate race and the 118th District race, and Republicans taking the 117th and the 119th House districts, according to preliminary, unofficial results.
At Republican headquarters Tuesday night, party members watched with bated breath, occasional cheers and sudden gasps as their state Senate candidate, Pam Staneski, battled Democrat James Maroney on the wall-posted vote tally sheet. Staneski gave up her seat as state representative in the 119th District to run for the Senate seat, vacated by Democrat Gayle Slossberg. And the numbers kept flipping: One minute Staneski was up, the next Maroney was in the lead in a tight race. As the numbers continued to roll in, Maroney took the lead.