Most of the post-election attention has been focused on President Donald Trump and his legal teams’ efforts to prove allegations of widespread fraud, but there’s another spicy situation developing in the state of New York with a contested congressional race that could go where no race has gone since 1985.
The Washington Examiner reported that the fate of a race between two candidates fighting for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat could end up, according to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in the hands of the House Administration Committee.
New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi and former New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney have both experienced something of a rollercoaster ride of winning and losing over the past several weeks as the ballot counting continued in the heavily-blue state.
Taking a step back to set the stage, it all began on the night of November 3, when Brindisi found himself trailing Tenney by some 28,422 votes. But in the following days, Tenney’s lead quickly disappeared as 60,000 mail-in ballots were counted, shrinking Tenney’s lead to just 100 votes.
Given the razor-thin margin, both campaigns sought legal intervention to decide the fate of over 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots. A resulting recount situation gave Brindisi a 12-vote lead. Even crazier, several days later, another recount gave Tenney a 12-vote lead.
Pelosi touched on the subject, which was focused on a somewhat similar situation in Iowa, where a congressional race appears to be headed for review in the House. Pelosi remarked on the New York situation, saying that while it will likely end up in court again, it “may” end up in the House for a final decision.
“In New York, there could be 1,500, 5,000 votes not counted yet. So, that is going to the court Monday. And we’ll see what happens in the court. That may end up in the House. I don’t know, but the court will decide which votes will be counted,” Pelosi said.
According to an earlier report from the Washington Examiner, the last time a race ended up in the House for a final decision was in 1984, a situation nicknamed the “Bloody Eighth”, where a nasty fight developed that eventually led to the Democrat-controlled House declaring the Democratic candidate the winner.