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Amedore Takes 54-Vote Lead Over Tkaczyk
Posted By Joseph Spector On November 16, 2012 @ 9:40 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Republican George Amedore has taken a 54-vote lead in the tight Senate race that could determine control of the state Senate, Gannett’s Albany Bureau has learned.
Amedore had been down 139 votes to Democrat Celicia Tkaczyk in the five-county district, but a recanvassing in Greene County has added 193 votes to Amedore’s lead there, giving him the small advantage, a Republican official said.
More than 10,000 absentee ballots are set to begin being counted next week in the district that runs from the Albany area into Ulster County.
Greene recanvassed its electronic voting machines and determined that Amedore had 10,253 votes compared to 7,187 for Tkaczyk. On Election Night, Amedore was up 10,090 votes to 7,217 votes.
The lead could again change as absentee ballots are counted, but Amedore’s lead is significant.
If Republican can win the seat, they would hold the 32 votes necessary to control the chamber after Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder this week indicated he would sit with Republicans.
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