Does Your Vote Count? About 100 Votes Separate Tenney And Brindisi

By: Tyler Murphy

Does your vote count? About 100 votes separate Tenney and Brindisi High turnout meant some voters had to wait in line on election day. Above, in Sherburne a steady line of several dozen residents waited about a 45 minutes to cast their ballots at the American Legion. (Photos by Tyler Murphy)

CHENANGO COUNTY – According to early results the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District is so close it may be decided by about 100 votes.

The Chenango County Board of Elections completed the counting of mailed-in ballots Thursday for New York’s 22nd Congressional District and according to preliminary results, with all eight counties reporting, former rep. Claudia Tenney currently leads Rep. Anthony Brindisi by just over a 100 votes out of roughly 310,000 total ballots cast.

Brindisi Campaign Spokesman Luke Jackson said Thursday that a clear winner was not yet decided.

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Asked if there was enough ballots remaining or challenges to change the result, he replied, “That's the million dollar question.”

“The margin is so close and the margin of outstanding ballots is being determined, we should not be rushing to judgement,” he said.

“The Tenney campaign released a statement Wednesday, “Based on the final margin and nature of the canvassing process, Tenney’s lead is highly unlikely to change in the case of a recount. The court that is overseeing the process ordered that every Board of Elections hand count and then machine count before reconciling the vote totals which eliminates any significant errors in the final tabulation.”

The results means a major portion of the mail-in votes favored Brindisi, while votes on election day favored Tenney, causing a nail biting swing in the final results.

In Chenango County that trend was clearly visible with 10,420 in-person votes for Tenney and 5,958 for Brindisi.

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