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Congressional race too close to call

"After three months, people do appreciate what President Obama is doing," said Murphy from the podium after the vote tally came in. "Everybody who voted for this campaign knows three things: that we can create jobs in Upstate New York, that we can turn this economy around and we can create a better future for our kids."

Assuming all absentee ballots are returned, almost 26 percent of the electorate came out for the special election, when compared to November's voter registration rolls. That's in contrast to the 70 percent turnout in the 2008 general election.

Those who voted came to the polls after an onslaught of advertising unleashed by both candidates, although it is uncertain how much the ads (many of which were negative) helped either campaign. A Siena Research Institute poll released on Friday, March 27, indicated that ads from both campaigns soured voters to the candidate who ran it.

"It made it very difficult to decide what to do, so I had to go to other sources to find the real information," said Gail Martin of Rexford after she cast her vote at the John McLane Hose Co. Fire House in Rexford.

Martin declined to say which candidate she voted for.

"It was negative and off-putting, even more so than the presidential race," said Rexford resident Eugene White of the campaign. "The fact it's so negative makes them seem desperate."

White said he cast his vote for Murphy.

Meri Herold, also of Rexford, cast her vote for the Democratic candidate, but only because that's her party affiliation.

"If I had my choice, I would have picked somebody else," she said. "I think [the election] was a waste of money. They did all this campaigning when they could have done something else with it."

Clifton Park resident Matt Rousseau cast his vote for Tedisco, and said that campaigning efforts didn't factor into his decision at all.

"I don't care if one tries to run a negative or positive campaign," he said. "I look at the facts."

Read next week's Saratoga County editions of The Spotlight, or check www.spotlightnews.com for continuing developments in the special election.

" Nick Hall contributed to this report.

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