Believe it or not, the election races aren’t over just yet. While the Presidential election and the races for the House and Senate are finished, one final race remains uncalled in a Democrat stronghold.
And maybe it’s taking this long because they just found more votes — due to a counting “error,” the lead for one candidate now sits at a mere 122 votes.
It’s happening right now in the state of New York:
Republican candidate Claudia Tenney has been holding the slimmest of margins in her race for the state’s 22nd Congressional District seat.
For some time, it appeared Tenney would be the victor, but officials were forced to delay calling the election. As it turns out, county election officials apparently didn’t count some legitimate ballots.
These uncounted votes won’t help her opponent, Democrat Rep. Anthony Brindisi, though.
As Fox News reported:
New York Republican candidate Claudia Tenney’s lead over the state’s incumbent increased to 122 votes after more than 300 votes were found that were attributed to an error by county election officials, a report said.
According to a Post-Standard story, Oneida County election officials have been reviewing ballots in recent weeks.
During their review, they found that 393 votes had been registered on time and were legit — but they just hadn’t been counted. Of these votes, 232 went to Brandisi.
But that means that Tenney still holds a lead of 122 votes, and now officials say the race could be called at some point today.
Ironically, these candidates have argued over the question of absentee ballots during debates, and the race was so questionable that it ended up in New York Supreme Court.
The report claims this particular election has been “beleaguered by errors” and that’s why it hasn’t been called. Initially, it looked like Tenney was the clear winner.
The Republican incumbent had a significant lead of 28,422 before absentee ballots were counted. Then that lead disappeared after those ballots were counted; it went down to about 200.
However, Brindisi would’ve needed more votes to surpass Tenney in this “found” batch. And that didn’t happen.
So for the time being, it does look like the Republican will hold on to her seat by the slimmest of margins.
But this does raise more election integrity questions for American citizens, many of whom remain concerned that our system just isn’t reliable enough right now.
- The nation’s last uncalled election is in New York, where Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney has a very small lead.
- Over 300 ballots were just found due to an “error,” but they weren’t enough to give her opponent the victory.
- Right now, Tenney has the lead by 122 votes. The race might be called later today.
Source: Fox News