October 18, 2021

Contested NY House race skews towards GOP candidate

House Democrats, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, took an absolute beating in the 2020 election, which caused Pelosi to now preside over the slimmest party majority in the lower chamber in American history.

But according to the Washington Examiner, the outlook for Pelosi and her Democratic House colleagues is on the brink of getting a lot worse, as a razor-thin New York race that still hangs in the balance appears to be moving in favor of Republican Claudia Tenney, given recent developments with previously undiscovered ballots. 

In her fight against Democrat Anthony Brindisi, Tenney has traded the winning position with her opponent on several occasions over the past two months, within the slimmest of margins. Until this week, she was only in the lead by 29 votes in New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Her luck suddenly turned this week after State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte revealed that some 2,400 people who registered on time at the Department of Motor Vehicles were mistakenly told they were registered to vote on election day, thanks to a mistake by the Oneida County elections staff who didn’t process the voting applications.

Because of that revelation, the judge ordered a review of roughly 1,100 affidavit ballot from voters who did everything they were supposed to do but were told they weren’t eligible. The judge found that 393 of those affidavit ballots were eligible to be counted, which completely changed the game.

Tenney walked away with 232 of those 393 affidavit ballots, while Brindisi only scored 139, which boosted Tenney’s lead to 122 votes — one of the highest leads since the end of the election.

According to an earlier report from the Washington Examiner, Tenney’s race is literally the last unresolved race from the November 2020 election and with Tenney’s new lead, it appears as if Pelosi will have yet an even slimmer majority lead in the lower chamber.

Don’t think for a second that Pelosi and Democrats in the House aren’t concerned about the final results of the race, as late last year, Pelosi directed a group of House lawyers to the district to monitor the developments, making clear that they’re scraping for every last possible chance at keeping the district as blue as possible.

Brindisi’s lawyers have already challenged the new lead increase on Tenney’s side, though there’s not currently any indication that it will be reversed or changed, as of this writing.

 

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