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Tedisco Slides Further, Now 365 Votes Behind

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 05:15 PM

By David A. Patten

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It seems the more absentee ballots are counted the worse things get for GOP candidate Jim Tedisco, who now trails by 365 votes in his race against Democrat Scott Murphy in upstate New York’s 20th Congressional District.

That’s based on the latest tally released late Wednesday by the New York State Board of Elections.

Included in the latest total are 131 new votes from Warren County. Those votes added 111 votes to Murphy’s total, compared to just 20 to Tedisco’s.

The votes counted Wednesday were absentee ballots that both GOP and Democratic election commissioners in Warren County agreed were valid, and should be included in the overall count.

Essex County also revised its total, giving Murphy a single additional vote. That made the latest vote count at 79,951 votes for Murphy, to 79,586 votes for Tedisco.

Tedisco has slipped further behind his rival in recent weeks, as additional absentee ballots were counted. But there was some good news for Tedisco Wednesday: The judge reviewing the upstate New York congressional race determined Tedisco’s campaign has the right to review applications for absentee ballots that were cast in the hard-fought contest.

Tedisco has maintained that large numbers of New York City and Long Island residents, who have second homes in the district, cast absentee ballots for Murphy. Tedisco wants those ballots tossed out.

His legal team says information on the absentee-ballot applications could prove instrumental in determining which ballots should be challenged.

More vote adjustments are expected tomorrow, including the counting of absentee ballots from Saratoga, which opted strongly for Tedisco on Election Day. Most observers believe the close election result will ultimately lead to a lawsuit and a district-wide recount.

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