Representatives for Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy are at the State Board of Elections in Albany on Thursday, reviewing contested absentee ballots in the race for the 20th Congressional District.
Members from each county board of election in the district have come to the Steuben Street offices, along with attorneys for Tedisco and Murphy. There are about 1,150 absentee ballots still left uncounted in all, but Thursday's count only involved about 200 or so.
Political figures from both the left and right speculate that Tedisco does not have a chance to overcome what is a fairly substantial lead for Murphy in the ever-changing vote tally.
Tedisco attorney James Walsh responded to this speculation, telling NEWS10, "I don't think we're at that point. I think that if you looked at this exceedingly tight election, I think that there's still enough absentee ballots outstanding that can more than make up the difference here."
"Scott Murphy, from day one, believed he won this election," said Murphy attorney Martin Connor, "and I believe he's correct and I think when the process is over it will be quite clear that Scott won."
It's difficult to say who is gaining the most votes as a result of the recount. Greene County reported that Tedisco picked up one vote, while Essex County told NEWS10 that Murphy picked up three votes there. The Board of Elections Commissioner from Washington County is reporting that Murphy has gained 28 votes.
The count will continue into late afternoon. It will not be until then that we will learn who has benefitted the most.