(UPDATE) NY-20 Congressional Race Too Close To Call

With 100% of voting precincts reporting, Democrat Scott Murphy leads with 59 votes. However, don’t celebrate yet if you’re a Murphy supporter. Apparently there are about 10 thousand absentee and overseas military absentee ballots which will be accepted until April 13th!

The Fix reports:

Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) holds a 65-vote lead over state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) in a special election in Upstate New York, a race cast as an early referendum on President Obama’s economic stimulus package.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Murphy had 77,344 votes to Tedisco’s 77,279. Somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 military and absentee ballots remain uncounted, according to the Associated Press, and overseas absentee ballots will continue be accepted until April 13. In short, no winner will be declared any time soon.

According to a Republican source, there will be no recount, however. Instead election officials will complete a re-canvassing in which the voter rolls will all be checked to ensure a proper election. (Each vote cast would not be checked and then re-checked under such a scenario.)

So this one will be reported on for weeks to come until we have an official count.

More from Fox 23 in Albany, NY:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The two candidates in a New York congressional race that focused on President Barack Obama’s economic policies were separated by only 59 votes with all the precincts in and more than 150,000 votes counted Tuesday.

The race between Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will come down to the roughly 10,000 absentee ballots issued by the state Board of Elections. Those ballots generally are cast by people who expect to be absent or unable to vote at the polls and usually are mailed in. They aren’t required to be returned until April 13.

Murphy held the slim lead over Tedisco in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The special election drew an unusual level of national attention, and both candidates had financial support from their national parties and political action committees, mostly spent on increasingly negative television ads, which bothered supporters of both candidates.

We’ll keep an eye on it in the coming weeks as it unfolds.

Sound off, what does it say for being such a close election?


The special U.S. House election in an upstate New York congressional district is now exactly tied. 

Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco have 77,225 votes each, according to the New York Board of Elections. 

Murphy previously was leading Tedisco by 25 votes, but that lead narrowed as officials conducted a mandatory check of voting machine results. 

John Conklin, spokesman for the state elections board, told FOXNews.com the outcome of the race will not be known for “several weeks at least.” 

“The lawyers are now involved, so everything will get much slower,” he said. 

Conklin said officials probably will begin Tuesday counting the absentee ballots, more than 10,000 of which were sent out.

He said a recount, though not mandatory under New York law, is a possibility. 

  • Babs

    It says the voters are bristling over the economic stimulus. Anyone here know how that district voted in the Presidential election?

  • Babs

    I looked it up. Obama took 51% of the district, McCain 48%. But in the House election, Gillbrand (D) took 61.64% percent over her republican rival. So I’d say the Democrats did poorly in their campaign efforts this time, as they didn’t retain those percentages.


  • JD

    I am not sure on what to think with this. Here are the facts I was able to digg up.

    Firstly the New York 20th District is composed of (the entire) columbia, Greene, Warren, Washington Counties and (parts of) Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga Counties.

    It is difficult to find exact counts on the presidential race so for the sake of making it easier I am just going to lump all the county numbers together entirely (for the Presidential election numbers only).

    So for the 2008 Presidential election votes tallied were

    234,836 Democrat (Obama)- Win
    215,456 Republican (McCain)

    For the 2008 House election it was

    177,677 Democrat (Gillibrand) – Win
    109,644 republican (Treadwell)

    For the 2006 House Election it was

    125,168 Democrat (Gillibrand) – Win
    110,554 Republican (Sweeney)

    Finally, the results from this 2009 election

    77,344 Democrat (Murphy)
    77,279 Republican (Tedisco)

    +10,000 un-counted absentee ballots going either way.

    I think the close call comes from the voting burn out that is going on. I think people are just burned out with the whole deal. The numbers do not show or reflect a change from the bailouts or power change back republican control.

    I was shocked to see how many less people voted compared to past elections and the presidential election. There are too many variables to make a truly informed opinion.

    Does anyone know of exit poll information?

  • “The numbers do not show or reflect a change from the bailouts or power change back republican control.”

    I’d concur with that. Despite what people think of bailouts and bloated budgets, too many still have Obama fever, which is sad.

    I doubt in a race this small there was any exit polling.

  • D.D.Mao

    This election was held to close to the stimulus package and budget being passed and the effects haven’t had time to kick in yet. I don’t see how this race can be a judgement on any policy until programs have enough time to take effect and the public is seeing/feeling the consequences.In that regard it is meaningless.

  • Babs

    Odds are the republican will take it, according to surveys done over the absentee ballots. Interesting how they closed the gap to “exactly tied”. 😉