Tedisco Up By 17 For Now

April 7, 2009 1:48 pm

The latest results from the NY-20 special election now have Republican candidate Jim Tedisco up by 17 votes, out of over 150,000 votes.

Yesterday, Democrat Scott Murphy had been ahead by 83 votes, but that has now shifted — an official at Saratoga County told PolitickerNY that they caught a mistake in their spreadsheet, having accidentally dropped 100 votes for Tedisco.

One county, Greene, told TPM today that they still haven’t re-checked their totals, which should be done tomorrow.The absentee ballots haven’t been counted, either, which are ambiguous right now: By registration, the GOP has an edge — but the recent voting habits of the district show that registration is no longer an automatic indicator of the totals. By county of origin, they benefit Murphy — but the underlying assumption here that absentees would track with the regular ballots isn’t automatically true, either.

One method of analysis still hasn’t been tried yet: Opening them up and counting them. That part should be mostly done tomorrow, though, with an extra week to wait for the counting of the military and overseas ballots.

Late Update: Tedisco also has this YouTube up, raising money for the “Tedisco Ballot Integrity Fund,” his legal fund for the election contest:

Murphy and the state Dems also have their own account set up, the “New York Victory Protection Fund.”

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