On Feb. 2, we commemorate a holiday that has become a cultural idiom for repeating the same day over and over again. For two congressional candidates, however, I’d imagine it feels a bit more real since they’ve been stuck in Groundhog Day mode since Nov. 3.
Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Anthony Brindisi will still be stuck there for at least another week, but they’re getting a bit closer to a resolution in the one House of Representatives race still outstanding. According to WSYR-TV, Tenney’s slim lead over Brindisi, a first-term incumbent representative in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, expanded to 122 votes Friday evening.
This came after a judge ordered ballots rejected by the Oneida County Board of Elections to be counted. Those voters had registered through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles just before the deadline, but officials didn’t process their ballots in time.
Since the fault lay with the elections staff who didn’t process the ballots and not the voters, state Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte ruled, the votes should count.
This was actually self-own on Brindisi’s part; his campaign discovered the issue and challenged 69 ballots that had been thrown out. Instead of just limiting the inclusion of those 69 ballots as Brindisi’s legal team asked, however, the judge allowed every ballot that was thrown out because of the DMV error.
This ended in 232 additional votes for Tenney and 139 for Brindisi. The GOP candidate’s lead, once 29 votes, now stand at 122. There were 316,000 votes cast, Syracuse.com reported.
There was more good news for Tenney, as the judge refused to consider 128 ballots that had been dropped off at incorrect polling places, 20 that were cast in the wrong county, and 85 by voters who had been purged from the rolls. The Brindisi campaign had requested all of those be counted. You’ll be responsible for all this on the test later.
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