Congressional district race remains too close to call

A race in the 20th congressional district to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand remains too close to call Tuesday night. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by a mere 59 votes, 77,344 to 77,285.

The decision will come down to the nearly 6,000 absentee ballots that will need to be counted. The winner will not be declared until at least April 13.

More than half of the 10,000 absentee ballots that were mailed had been returned to the state Board of Elections as of Monday.

According to counts, Murphy carried Warren, Dutchess, Columbia, Essex and Washington counties while Tedisco took Rensselaer, Greene and Saratoga Counties.

It has been reported that numbers from Delaware County are: Murphy, 3,344 and Tedisco, 3,376.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, opening up a vacancy in the New York State House of Representatives.

The 20th congressional district includes 10 counties from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie; Republicans have an enrollment edge in the district of approximately 70,000 voters.