The seemingly unending race for the 22nd Congressional District in New York State may finally be almost over.

After trading leads since election night and thousands of votes being brought into question in the eight-county district, New York Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte could announce a certified winner February 1.

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The final counts of ballots from Oneida County were expected to be complete January 29 with a final decision on challenged ballots by the end of the day.

Former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, the Republican, was ahead of Incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi by a few dozen votes at last report.

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Tenney led by a few thousand votes when polls closed November 3 but that lead quickly evaporated as absentee and affidavit ballots were counted.  The lead very briefly shifted by only a few votes to Brindisi, who unseated Tenney for the 22nd District two years ago.  The lead then shifted back to Tenney but by a greatly diminished margin and legal challenges were raised on both sides.

Stir into the mix, comments that were made on sticky tabs instead of being noted in ink on the ballots , some vote-counters being sidelined by COVID-19 issues, questions about voters registered online through the Department of Motor Vehicles and, in Chenango County mis-placed votes being discovered.. not once, but twice!

The 22nd Congressional District has been without a representative since January 1.

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