Nearly a month after Election Day, a conclusion to the ultra-tight race for New York's 50th state Senate District in Central New York is looming.

The Onondaga County Board of Elections said Tuesday evening they have finished hand counting all 95,104 votes in the uncalled race between Democratic state Sen. John Mannion and Republican challenger Rebecca Shiroff.

Now they say they will double check the tally sheets before they release the unofficial numbers on Wednesday.

The district also includes a portion of Oswego County. The Oswego County Board of Elections said they have one more day of hand counting ahead.    

The initial count of the ballots ended with Mannion leading Shiroff by just 27 votes. That close margin prompted the automatic recount by hand that is close to ending.

Mannion was first elected in 2020 to a seat that was vacated in 2018 by longtime Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco. He first ran in 2018 and lost narrowly to Republican Bob Antonacci.

Should Mannion's lead hold, his re-election will pad the comfortable majority Democrats have in the state Senate, which they took control of in the 2018 elections.


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