New York Congressional Election Too Close to Call

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Yorkers in Congressional District 20 are still waiting to hear whether it will be Jim Tedisco or Scott Murphy representing them in Congress. The race was too close to decide and will now be decided by absentee ballots. A winner in this most important race will not be announced until April 13th--at the earliest.

Before going to bed Tuesday night, I was on the phone with a friend. During our conversation, she exclaimed, "Oh no! We're losing." The "we," of course, referred to those of us in Tedisco's corner. We weren't "losing" by much. I think it was an 85 vote margin at that point. All that came to my mind then was, "Please...I don't think I can handle another election loss!"

Sometime in the middle of the night I awoke and checked online, discovering that the ballot count ended with 65 vote lead for Democrat Scott Murphy. I was struck by the narrow margin and the importance of every single vote. I was also quite relieved that these were not the final results, but that 10,000 absentee ballots had been issued and would now have to be counted.

The Register Star reports:

"Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he’s confident the absentee ballots will give Tedisco a win. With eight of the 10 counties reporting a breakdown for absentee ballots by party, so far nearly 2,600 registered Republicans have returned ballots to their districts, compared with nearly 1,700 Democrats. Another 586 absentee ballots have come in from smaller parties. Those ballots haven’t been opened or counted yet."

But Steele is not naive about the challenge ahead. He states,

"What we’ve done there is phenomenal,” Steele said Wednesday in New York City. “I mean, look, you’ve got (Sen.) Chuck Schumer, (former Sen.) Hillary Clinton, you had Obama — all of them win in that district. Everybody says, ‘Oh that’s a Republican district’ — well if it’s so Republican, how come Democrats are still winning there?”

Good question, Chairman. I don't have the answer, but I know one thing: With things the way they are in Washington, we Republicans better figure it out!

For now...we're still in this thing, and I'm praying for a victory.


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