The counting of absentee votes now underway in upstate New York reflects a race that continues to be remarkably close, with GOP Assemblyman Jim Tedisco widening his lead over Democrat Scott Murphy by all of seven votes, to a margin of 24.
According to vote totals posted by the New York State Board of Elections just before noon Thursday, Tedisco has 77,201 votes to Murphy’s 77,177. Those numbers were received by the State Board as of 10 a.m.
The new totals reflect the counting of 66 absentee ballots in Columbia County; 57 absentee ballots in Dutchess County, and 203 absentee ballots in Greene County. More absentee balloting results are expected to flow into the state election board throughout the day.
On election night, Tedisco carried Greene County. Murphy carried Dutchess and Columbia counties.
Murphy actually leads so far in the absentee balloting, 185 to 141. Despite Murphy’s absentee edge thus far, Tedisco was able to expand his overall lead due to other vote adjustments called in by the 10 counties in the 20 Congressional District.
About 6,300 absentee ballots remain to be counted. With Good Friday and the Easter Holiday looming, it is doubtful county election officials will complete the tabulation of absentee ballots by week’s end, sources tell Newsmax. The absentee ballots are thought likely to determine the winner.
Late yesterday, Tedisco attorney James E. Walsh released a statement expressing optimism about the ultimate outcome.
“We are just now getting into the paper ballots and we expect that the numbers will continue to move, just as they did last week,” he stated. “As the day comes to a close, we feel very good about our position and continue to believe that the final tally will show Jim Tedisco as the winner. As we have said all along, the primary focus is to make sure that every lawful ballot be counted so that residents of the 20th District can have confidence in the ultimate outcome.”
A court hearing to set a schedule for the counting of overseas and military ballots will occur Monday morning.
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