U.S. representative Anthony Brindisi said Wednesday that his campaign had taken the lead in front of challenging Claudia Tenney, a huge comeback after falling nearly 30,000 votes on election night.
Brindisi and Tenney are bidding for New York’s 22nd Congressional District, one of the country’s closest house races. About 300,000 voters cast their ballots in the contest.
According to unofficial election results, Tenney was a Republican in the lead, with about 100-300 votes against Democrat Brindisi.
The candidates are currently in court to resolve the fate of thousands of disputed fates, so Brindisi’s tight leadership doesn’t consider him a winner at all.
According to a campaign official, the leader of Brindisi in office is clearly negligible today: 12 or 13 votes.
Yesterday, Judge Scott DelConte ordered eight counties in the 22nd District to update their vote numbers and bring them to court. This fresh account seems to have given Brindisi a lead.
“The election results for the other counties in the district have now taken the lead,” Brindisi said in a campaign statement. “We hope that after New York’s 22nd Congressional District is certified, MP Brindisi will swear again to continue his bipartisan work on behalf of that district.”
Tenney’s campaign called the updated merger “misleading and inaccurate,” and claimed the amount included invalid votes that campaign lawyers are currently struggling with in court.
“These votes should not – and should not – count. The court hearing has already established that the current count contains invalid votes and that the process of reviewing and counting the huge amount of paper ballot has been broken. ”Said Sean Kennedy, spokesman. “Today’s misleading and inaccurate counting contains many errors and mistakes that need to be corrected before elections can be justified. It is far from final. “
Both candidates stand before the courts from next week to put forward arguments in favor of the missing votes and the supporting votes that were unfairly thrown out, according to the Brindisi campaign.
On election day, Tenney led with more than 28,000 votes (139,883-111,461) and 10 percentage points (53-43%). But his leadership slowly handed over the counting of votes in absentia.
The total number of votes submitted by the eight counties that make up the 22nd Congressional District is the most recent so far, but has not been verified.
One judge has forbidden counties to verify their findings until at least next week, when judicial review continues.
Syracuse.com on Wednesday called eight counties in the district and looked for a summary of new votes that both the court and the campaign have not yet released.
Of those who responded, below are the most recent summaries. Officials from Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Oneida and Tioga counties could not be reached.
Brindisi: 7,413 (previously 7,375)
Tenney: 13,567 (previously 13,543)
Brindisi: 11,079 (unchanged)
Tenney: 9,551 (unchanged)
Brindisi: 15,673 (previously 15,647)
Tenney: 17,045 (previously 17,037)