N.Y. Special: Murphy Lead Cut to 35 Votes

Posted April 10, 2009 at 9:35am

Updated: 5:25 p.m.

By the end of the day on Friday, Republican Jim Tedisco had trimmed Democrat Scott Murphy’s lead to just 35 votes in New York’s still-unresolved 20th district special election.

According to tallies reported Friday afternoon by New York’s Board of Elections, Murphy had amassed 77,804 votes to Tedisco’s 77,769,

Domestic absentee ballot counting began Wednesday after a recanvassing of the March 31 election tallies, and the process is expected to continue early next week. Meanwhile the counting of oversees absentee ballots, including those of military personnel, could begin as early as Monday, although Tedisco’s camp is continuing to call for more time for those ballots to come in.

Despite Murphy’s advantage in the official tally heading into the weekend, Republican officials maintain they are doing well in absentee ballots from Saratoga County, which has yet to report any of its absentee numbers. Saratoga is the most populous of the 10 counties in the district, and it was won by Tedisco on Election Day