Murphy Lead Cut to 25 Votes in N.Y.

Posted April 13, 2009 at 11:02am

The margin separating Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy continued to shrink Monday in New York’s still-unsettled 20th district special election.

As of Monday, Murphy led by just 25 votes — he had 77,907 to Tedisco’s 77,882.

Following the too-close-to-be-called March 31 election, the counting of absentee ballots began Wednesday, and Murphy ended last week with a 35-vote lead.

As of Monday morning, domestic absentee ballot counting was complete in five of the 10 counties in the 20th district. Republican officials insist 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.

Overseas absentee ballots, including those of military personnel, are due in Monday, and the counting of those ballots will begin Tuesday, despite Tedisco’s camp and some veterans’ groups calling for more time for those ballots to be received.