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A trick of our trade

By Kathleen Moore
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I wrote a lot of stories yesterday that will never make it into the paper.

While I waited for the polls to close, I wrote ledes (the beginning of the story) for every foreseeable outcome — including what really happened, which was a race too close to call. As soon as we knew the result, editors grabbed the right lede and put in on the website for all of you to read.

Writing my ledes in advance allowed us to get the news out at least a couple minutes faster — and that’s worth it on Election Night.

But don’t you wonder what the paper would have looked like if the votes had gone another way?

Here are my other ledes, the ones that will never get printed because they didn’t happen:

THE OPPOSITION TAKES A COUPLE SEATS
There is now a significant minority party voice on the City Council.
The Democrats kept control of the mayor’s seat, but lost (ONE TO THREE) City Council seats to the Alliance and Republican parties.
For six years, the Democrats have controlled every seat in City Hall. They have held the majority for 38 years.

THE DEMS TAKE IT ALL
Democrats crushed the Alliance Party’s dreams Tuesday with a sweep of all five City Hall positions. They maintained their six-year control of every seat at City Hall.

THE ALLIANCE PARTY WINS
A brand-new party and its collection of Republicans and unregistered voters stunned the Democrats Tuesday by winning control of City Hall.
The Alliance Party took the mayor’s seat and a majority on the City Council in partnership with the Republicans.
It’s been 38 years since the Republicans held the majority on the City Council, and six years since there was even one Republican on the council.

HULL BECOMES MAYOR BUT ALLIANCE DOESN’T WIN COUNCIL SEATS
A man who created his own party to challenge the Democrats has become Schenectady’s next mayor.
Roger Hull, who began an improbable campaign eleven months ago and was dismissed by the Democrats as a naive and ineffective campaigner as recently as this summer, rolled to a decisive victory Tuesday.

And what was actually printed:
NO DECISION
The mayoral race isn’t over yet.
After eleven months of campaigning and thousands of votes, the two men who want to be Schenectady’s next mayor are in a dead heat. The election won’t be decided until absentee ballots are counted.

 
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