Reports Wednesday night that a court-ordered count of votes from all eight counties in New York’s 22nd District (Utica) were showing Democrat Rep. Anthony Brindisi leading for the first time were widely repeated on social media by his supporters.
After nearly two weeks of reports that Republican ex-Rep. Claudia Tenney led Brindisi by 106 votes, Brindisi backers now claimed that their man led Tenney by “12 or 13 votes” out of 310,000 cast.
The claims, sources close to the Tenney campaign told Newsmax, are “misleading.”
“[State Supreme Court] Judge [Scott] DelConte has already verbally ruled that ballots invalid that are in [Brindisi’s] count,” the source said. “So their sudden claim of a victory is very misleading.”
DelConte has ordered the counties in the 22nd District not to certify the results until he allows them to do so.
A further hearing that is sure to include charges of invalid ballots cast in the race is scheduled for DelConte’s courtroom in Oswego Monday morning.
“Today’s misleading and inaccurate tally is rife with errors and mistakes that must be rectified before this election is certified,” read a statement from the Tenney campaign. “It is far from final. Our team will fight to ensure the rights of every voter who cast a legal and proper ballot are preserved and not diluted. … When that is done, we feel strongly that Claudia Tenney will be certified the winner of the race for the 22nd District of New York.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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