That was the story of the state races that effect Vernon.
Claire Janowski, the Democrat representing the 56th District in the state House of representatives, won a seventh term on Tuesday. But with no candidate opposing her, Janowski spent the day relaxing a little more than usual.
At a gathering at New England Pizza, well-wishers joked about the "close" race she had.
"It's a little more relaxing for sure," Janowski said. "I was surprised to be running unopposed."
Timothy Ackert, the Republican seeking a second term in the 8th House District, outlasted John Murphy. Ackert is an independent electrical contractor and Murphy is an electrical union official.
Ackert and longtime state Sen. Tony Guglielmo both campaigned on common sense budgeting.
The 35th District Republican defeated Democrat Susan Eastwood.
"I think we did well," Guglielmo said. "I appreciate everyone who came out to vote and I know we could not have done it without both Republican and Democratic support."
Guglielmo and Janowski insisted the first order of business would be to address the state budget.
The final results were still being tabulated at midnight.
Turnout was 77.4 percent with 12,546 casting votes out of an eligibility total of 16,209.