Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nail-Biter in New York’s 20th

If you stayed up all night to watch the returns for the special election to replace now-Senator Kristin Gillibrand, you might want to turn off the TV, get some sleep, and come back to read the following summary of where we are. posted the latest regarding NY-20 less than an hour ago.

From NBC's Mark Murray
In the essentially tied special congressional election in New York, two things will now happen:

1) Counties will begin recanvassing the vote on Friday, although some counties will begin that as early as today.

2) Counties will need to begin counting absentee and military overseas ballots. Absentee ballots -- as many as 10,000 were requested -- have to be postmarked by Election Day and received by April 7. Military overseas ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by April 13. Some counties will wait to count these ballots until the April 7 and April 13 dates, while others will begin counting them as they come in.

Long story short, we probably won't know the winner until at least April 13.

Another thing: One vote count shows Democrat Scott Murphy leading Jim Tedisco by 59 votes and the other one has him leading by 65 votes. The discrepancy is due to the hand count in one precinct giving Tedisco six more votes than the machine count. This will obviously be resolved during the recanvass.

It looks like we may have another Minnesota on our hands (remember the Franken-Coleman debacle that still has not ended?)

Either way, stay tuned to WAYLA as we keep you up-to-date on this race in the weeks (or months) to come.

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