Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tkaczyk-Amedore Still Razor-Thin

The vote count for SD-46 keeps going back and forth. First, Tkaczyk was in the lead, then it was back to Amedore being in front. Yesterday, the lead changed hands twice, or maybe it didn't, as we have two competing stories from local papers that contradict one another. The Freeman says Tkaczyk is in the lead by 34 votes:
Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk retook the lead over Republican George Amedore by 34 votes on Tuesday in the tight race to represent the new 46th state Senate District.

The updated tally came after the Albany County Board of Elections finished counting absentee and affidavit ballots.

Absentee and affidavit ballots in Greene County were to be counted late Tuesday or early today, and the Montgomery County Board of Elections planned to count their paper ballots today and, if necessary, Friday.
The Daily Gazette, however, in an article that was also published yesterday, says that Amedore has a 120-vote lead as of about 11 p.m.:
As of the latest count from Greene County, which was provided by Amedore's spokesman Kris Thompson, Amedore had gained 474 votes and Tkaczyk had only gained 324. This gives Amedore a lead of almost 120 votes, with about half the county to go.
The article says that there are still votes in Ulster County that need to be tallied, where Tkaczyk did very well. No idea whether the Freeman piece is more current, though I'm inclined to go with the Gazette's analysis, as they're likely have a better idea of what is going on in their coverage area than the Freeman.

This one is as close as it gets, and it will have a huge impact on which party controls the state senate.

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