KINGSTON, N.Y. – The race for the 46th State Senate District remains close as Assemblyman George Amedore runs against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in a newly drawn district.
As of Tuesday night the race seems too close to call, but neither candidate is backing down, leaving the winner uncertain for now.
"Our campaign team implemented an ambitious absentee program in the early stages of this race. We firmly believe that once all the votes have been verified and counted, George Amedore will be the senator representing this five-county district," said Kris Thompson, George Amedore spokesman.
Statement from Cecilia Tkaczyk, "Following a long and spirited campaign, I am honored to have received the support of so many voters in the 46th Senate District. With 100% of polling places reporting, my campaign is ahead of my opponent and I am confident that when all votes are counted I will maintain my lead. I look forward to taking my place in the State Legislature this January and I will work full time to represent all residents of the 46th Senate District."
Both candidates spent Tuesday crisscrossing the district, trying to get their supporters to the polls.
There is no incumbent in the newly drawn district.
Republican George Amedore has represented the 107th Assembly district since 2007, which shares some of the same areas and issues as this new district.
Amedore is co-owner of a family-run home building company, which is experience he said he'd use to help create jobs.
Tkaczyk, a farmer, a former Senate aide and school board member in Duanesburg; said she'd focus on education aid. She said rural and small city school districts had not received their fair share of assistance.
The tight race has brought money for Tkazyck. Three downstate Super PAC's pledged $700,000, much of that money spent of ads attacking Amedore.
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