Observers will get to see a Florida style dispute near Albany as both major parties jockey to win a State Senate race in the newly minted 46th SD where Republican George Amedore holds a thin 110 vote lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Absentee and affidavit ballots have been counted in Ulster County where the Democrat has closed the margin with townships like Woodstock where Ms. Tkaczyk garnered 80% of the vote.
The fight now shifts to the courtroom where some 1,000 disputed ballots will be argued over. Democrats say they are confident these will go their way. I suspect many of the disputes center on whether the voter really lives in the district.
The race is essentially a tie but when its that close there is a fight over every vote. It's about winning and the decisions of a judge will shape the result.
With the Senate split down the middle,every seat is a battleground.
The irony here is that the Senate GOP had expanded the size of the body in a bid to give themselves a free upstate seat....The 46th race was not as easy as they thought it would be.
"46th Senate District: The legal battle" by Capital Region Scene