Utica, N.Y. - The Oneida County Board of Elections finished canvassing ballots in the 22nd Congressional District race Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night Claudia Tenney says she is now in the overall lead by 27 votes.
This is unconfirmed with elections officials as we were not able to reach anyone from the Oneida County Board of Elections Tuesday night to see what actually transpired as far as a change in vote totals goes.
Following the last court appearance before Christmas, incumbent Anthony Brindisi was up by 14 votes.
Oneida County had about 1,700 of the 2,000 challenged ballots in the race.
Going into this week, Oneida County officials had 625 ballots left to canvass, and again they finished their recanvassing Tuesday afternoon.
The case is back in State Supreme Court in Oswego County next week where the judge will then rule on the hundreds of disputed ballots.
Luke Jackson, a spokesperson for Anthony Brindisi responded to our request for comment Tuesday evening saying the following, "As this process continues to play out, the Brindisi campaign believes NY-22 voters deserve to have their voices heard. Claudia Tenney has been called out for undermining the integrity of this election with outright lies and misleading claims. There are hundreds of ballots still to be determined and the count continues to change. We are hopeful that after this process is completed, and the voters have their voices heard, Anthony will be the winner."
Tenney stated the following Tuesday evening, "Throughout this long process, we have fought to ensure that every legal vote is counted. Now that every undisputed ballot has been counted twice, we are still in the lead. This process has exposed a very flawed electoral system that needs to be fixed. We remain confident that once the contested ballots are reviewed by the court and the facts accurately applied according to the law, I will be declared the winner, certified, seated, and head to Congress to serve all the people of New York's 22nd District. I look forward to resuming my compassionate advocacy on behalf of our region."
We will be following up with the Oneida County Board of Elections on Wednesday.