New York House Election Too Close to Call

April 1, 2009 - 4:54 AM
Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 65 votes out of 154,000 cast in New York's special congressional election.<br />

New York Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco, the Republican candidate for the 20th U.S. Congressional District, at his headquarters in Clifton Park, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The race to succeed Kirsten Gillibrand was too close to call. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - The 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.
 
Both parties are treating the results as a victory while they wait for the final numbers. The race is to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, who succeeded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate.