New 22nd Congressional District vote total cuts Brindisi's lead over Tenney

NewsChannel 2 is reporting a new vote total for the 22nd Congressional District race, and the gap between the challenger and the incumbent has gotten even tighter.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 2:03 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2018 4:24 PM

BINGHAMTON – NewsChannel 2 is reporting a new vote total for the 22nd Congressional District race, and the gap between the challenger and the incumbent has gotten even tighter.

The State Board of Elections says Broome County added 433 more tallied votes to this race since we last checked in on Wednesday. The new overall vote totals are:

Anthony Brindisi (D) - 117,931 votes
Claudia Tenney (R) - 116,638 votes

That leaves a new lead of 1,293 votes for Brindisi.

Looking more closely at Broome County, Tenney picked up 281 more votes while Brindisi added 152.

NewsChannel 2 has reached out to the Broome County Board of Elections for comment, specifically asking where these votes are coming from and why it took two days for them to be counted. The BOE commissioners issued this statement via email Thursday afternoon:

“There was an issue on Election Night uploading the results from one voting machine in the Town of Barker. The results from this voting machine were not initially included in the unofficial total vote count reported on Election Night, resulting in net gain for Claudia Tenney.”

After the polls closed and results were counted Tuesday night, Brindisi was leading Tenney by fewer than 1,500 votes. Several national news organizations had projected Brindisi as the winner – however, WKTV did not. Brindisi gave a victory speech at his election party Tuesday night, before word spread that the vote gap had been closed.

Tenney has not conceded. More than 16,000 absentee ballots still need to be counted, plus additional provisional and military ballots.

The 22nd Congressional District covers all or part of eight counties in upstate New York, including the cities of Utica and Binghamton.

Tenney, a one-term incumbent, was an early supporter of President Donald Trump. Her policies remained popular in a district which strongly backed Trump in 2016. The President visited Utica in August for a Tenney campaign fundraiser, and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric visited the area shortly before election day to campaign for her as well.

Brindisi, a state assemblyman representing the 119th District, campaigned on calls for bipartisanship in Washington. He was endorsed by Republican former Congressmen Sherwood Boehlert and Richard Hanna.

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