The Senate Republicans are sure they will win the three too-close-to call races in Westchester, Buffalo and on Long Island.
The balance of the Senate hangs on the outcome of the races. Democrats went into Election Day holding a narrow 32-29 majority, with one vacancy.
“Notwithstanding the Democrats’ desperate attempts to portray the process as flawed, state mandated 3 percent audits have shown that the system is reliable and accurate, and that every vote is being counted,” said GOP spokesman Scott Reif in a statement.
Republican candidate Mark Grisanti continues to hold a thin lead over Sen. Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo. Democrats on Tuesday argued that a malfunctioning machine should trigger a hand recount. Republicans dismissed that idea again this morning.
“Despite Democrat claims, all of the machines have worked and the data is intact, secure and reliable. Rather than count the votes, Democrats want to stall and delay,” Reif said. “These unnecessary delays are designed to give Democrats more time to retire $2.1 million in campaign debt before they go into the minority. When all of the votes are counted, Mark Grisanti will be certified the winner and give Western New York another voice in Albany.”
Grisanti leads by more than 500 votes.
In the 37th district, where Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer is trying to fend off a challenge from Republican Bob Cohen, Republicans remain hopeful they will take the seat, even though Oppenheimer has a lead.
“With approximately 10,000 votes still left to be counted, this race is too close to call,” Reif said. “Counting is on hold pending a court ruling today related to a number of outstanding Westchester County races. The Westchester County Board of Elections still needs to perform its 3 percent audit, as required by law.”
In the Long Island race, Sen. Craig Johnson is trailing Republican Mineola Mayor Jack Martins by 236 votes.
“Martins is the winner,” Reif said.