Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi's campaign claims to have taken the lead in the unresolved race for New York's 22nd Congressional District.
A spokesperson for Brindisi's campaign said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that "election results from the remaining counties in the district show Anthony Brindisi has now taken the lead."
"We are hopeful that once New York’s 22nd congressional district is certified, Representative Brindisi will be sworn in again to continue his bipartisan work on behalf of this district," the statement said. "As we've said from the start, once the election process is completed Anthony will be re-elected. Democracy might force us to wait sometimes, but voters’ faith in this process and our Republic should remain steadfast."
The campaign cites reporting from The Cook Political Report, which says a mere dozen or so votes may allegedly separate him and Republican challenger Claudia Tenney at this time. Tenney came out of election night with a substantial lead before absentee ballots were counted.
The Tenney campaign released a statement saying the result is far from final.
“Governor Cuomo’s unfair, unwise, and unilateral rules changes and administrative burdens overwhelmed our voting system and created this utter dysfunction," the statement said. 'As a result, the law was not followed when ballots were challenged and tabulated in this election. The result remains far from resolved. Hundreds of ineligible ballots were illegally or improperly cast including votes by the dead, non-residents, or unregistered voters. Those ballots should not – and must not – be counted. The hearing in court has already established that the current tally includes invalid votes and that the process to review and count the massive amount of paper ballots is fractured. Today’s misleading and inaccurate tally is rife with errors and mistakes that must be rectified before this election is certified. It is far from final. Our team will fight to ensure the rights of every voter who cast a legal and proper ballot are preserved and not diluted. We cannot sacrifice accuracy for speed. When that is done, we feel strongly that Claudia Tenney will be certified the winner of the race for the 22nd District of New York.”