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.