Saturday, November 13, 2010

Senate Cliffhangers Update

The Senate Democrats this morning released an update on the three races in which recounts are underway: SD 7 (Johnson v. Martins), SD 37 (Oppenheimer v. Cohen) and SD 60 (Thompson v. Grisanti).

Here are the numbers: 11/12/2010

- SD 7: Johnson gained 61 votes yesterday from the counting of 175 absentee and affidavit ballots and now trails by only 427 votes. Approximately 4,100 absentee and affidavit ballots were returned. The Democrats are hoping that this pace keeps up and Johnson is able to gain 1,000 votes when all the outstanding paper is counted.

- SD 37: Oppenheimer is ahead 504 votes following the counting of all EDs. The Democrats are accusing GOP lawyers of “renegging on a promise” to withdraw an Election DAy order blocking additional counting in Westchester, which is delaying the counting of 3,328 emergency ballots.

Still to be counted: 2,455 absentee and 1,070 affidavit ballots, which the Democrats say were returned with an advantage to Oppenheimer.

- SD 60: Thompson trails by 597 votes, which is less than 1 percent of the total votes cast. There are still over 2,700 absentee ballots to be counted, nearly two-thirds of which were returned by Democrats. There are also about 1,944 affidavit ballots.

Audits to examine the veracity of the machine vote count are continuing in Erie and Niagara counties.

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