Republican Claudia Tenney’s led U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi in the 22nd Congressional District race by more than 28,000 on Election Day – 15 days and nearly 58,000 absentee votes later, that lead has been cut to just 351 votes.
As of Thursday, Nov. 19, Tenney has 154,481 total votes, and incumbent Anthony Brindisi has 154,130.
Tenney released a statement claiming victory, although results are not yet official.
“Now that every vote has been counted, we have maintained the vote lead and are poised to come out victorious. This process has been long but it is critical that every legal vote be counted and accounted for. Now that it is done, I am confident that I will be certified the winner soon. I look forward to going to Washington to serve the all people of New York’s 22nd District in Congress and want to thank the voters for that privilege. I will always fight for and serve all the people of this district including those that did not support me.”
According to multiple boards of elections in the district, there are still votes to be counted, but it is not yet clear how many.
Luke Jackson, spokesman for Brindisi, issued this statement:
“NY-22’s election officials have been working day and night to count each and every vote, which is both hard and time consuming work. We owe these folks a debt of gratitude, and we thank them. As today’s numbers show, Congressman Brindisi continues to gain meaningful ground. With a margin this close, New York voters deserve to have their voices heard. Once every legal ballot is counted and certified, the people will decide who goes to Congress. The stakes are too high and the margin too close to rush to judgement.”
Below is a breakdown of absentee votes by county:
Broome County (complete)
Chenango County (complete)
Cortland County (complete)
Herkimer County (incomplete)
Madison County (complete)
Oneida County (incomplete)
Oswego County (incomplete)
Tioga County (incomplete)
All results are still unofficial.