April 1, 2009

Tedisco And Murphy

It's another "too close to call" race.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A race for a New York congressional seat that's become linked to President Barack Obama's economic recovery efforts won't be decided for at least two more weeks.Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 65 votes out of 154,000 cast. A lawsuit filed Tuesday night requires all ballots to be impounded — not unusual in close elections.More than 10,000 absentee ballots were issued and nearly 6,000 are back. It can be a laborious process to count the paper ballots and those mailed from overseas aren't due until April 13.Here we go again.I suppose boxes of hundreds of previously uncounted ballots will magically materialize and they'll all go to the Democrat, Murphy.Lawyers will pour over the absentee ballots. The Democrats will challenge military votes and try to get them tossed out.The number of votes needed to top Republican Tedisco's count will surely turn up.And there will be court battles and appeals.We've been here before.Whatever the results, Obama can't claim victory on this one. He pushed for Murphy to be elected to fill DEMOCRAT Kirsten Gillibrand's seat. He wasn't able to seal the deal decisively.Even if Murphy eventually is named the winner, the electorate didn't give Obama and his policies a vote of confidence.

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