It will be the closest Congressional election in the country in 2020. The campaign for incumbent Democrat Congressman Anthony Brindisi has issued a statement that says, “Election results from the remaining counties in the district show Anthony Brindisi has now taken the lead.” Reporter Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tweeted that sources on both sides of the race say confirm to him that the final counts in the district show Brindisi up by 12 to 13 votes out of 300,000 cast.
A report from WBNG in Binghamton shows results given to Judge DelConte by the eight county Boards of Election total:
Anthony Brindisi 155,435
Claudia Tenney 155,422
Libertarian candidate Keith Price had over 6,000 votes.
On Tuesday, State Supreme County Judge Scott DelConte issued an injunction ordering the eight counties in the 22nd District from certifying the results in that race. The ruling was in response to a law suit filed by the Tenney campaign on November 4th.
The 2020 race for the 22nd Congressional is a rematch from 2018 when Brindisi defeated Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney by 4,473 votes. The 2020 episode was one of the most expensive in the nation for a House seat.
On Election Night, Tenney held a 28,422 vote lead from the early votes cast from October 24 through November 1 and votes cast on Election Day. There were a record number of absentee/mail in ballots still to be counted. The reason behind the large number of mail ins was the state’s decision to open up mail in ballots to any registered voter regardless of reason for the request of a ballot. Those mail in were not going to be opened and counted until after Election Day and that is when the problems began.
As the counties began to tally the mail in vote the Tenney lead began to shrink with each day’s results being reported. Late last week the difference between the two candidates was down to under a thousand. At the start of this week Tenney’s lead ranged from under 300 votes to under 100, depending on the source of the numbers.
Along with Judge DelConte’s ruling to the Boards of Election not to certify the 22nd Congressional results, the Judge set a Monday court date for lawyers representing both campaigns to file motions in his Oswego County Court.