New votes discovered in New York’s 22nd District have widened the Republican candidate’s lead in the nation’s last remaining undecided House race.
According to the Washington Examiner, GOP House hopeful Claudia Tenney gained over 200 votes after an error was found in the count. The development comes nearly three months after November’s election.
With the additional ballots tallied, Tenney is now up 122 votes over her Democrat opponent, incumbent Anthony Brindisi, the Examiner reported. She previously led by 29 votes.
Hundreds of votes
According to the Examiner, New York State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte had been alerted to a mistake in Oneida County that disenfranchised as many as 2,400 registered voters.
As a result, DelConte ordered “a review of 1,100 affidavit ballots that were potentially from voters who applied on time but did not have their applications processed,” the Examiner reported, “and it was determined that 393 of those votes belonged to voters who registered on time.”
Of those, Tenney claimed 232. Brindisi took 139.
According to the Examiner, two ballots were also cast for third-party candidate Keith Price. Another 20 votes were excluded from the tally after being challenged by both parties “for a variety of reasons,” the outlet said.
Brindisi’s campaign has reportedly since challenged the Supreme Court’s ruling and is already pushing ahead with an appeal.
A small, divided majority
How the race ultimately turns out could have a significant impact on national affairs, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) already presiding over a slim and divided Democratic majority in the lower chamber.
Despite taking over the White House and Senate, Pelosi’s House caucus was met with unexpected losses across the nation in last year’s election, a development that moderates like Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger blamed on Democratic radicals.
“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” the Democratic congresswoman said during a leaked post-election conference call, according to Breitbart. “We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again. It does matter, and we have lost good members because of that.
“Nobody should be talking about socialism,” Spanberger added, noting that if Dems do, “We will get f****** torn apart.”