Over three weeks after Election Day, the race for the 20th Congressional District has ended. Assemblyman James Tedisco conceded to Scott Murphy on the afternoon of Friday, April 24.
This was a close campaign every step of the way. Ultimately, it became clear that the numbers were not going our way and that the time had come to step aside and ensure that the next Congressman be seated as quickly as possible. In the interest of the citizens of the 20th Congressional district and our nation, I wish Scott the very best as he works with our new President and Congress to address the tremendous challenges facing our country, said Tedisco in a statement.
"I am honored and humbled to be going to Washington to represent the families of New York's 20th Congressional District," said Murphy in a statement. "I thank Assemblyman Jim Tedisco for his kind words today. It was an honor to compete with him in this hard-fought campaign. I look forward to working with him to move Upstate in the right direction."
Both thanked their supporters and campaign volunteers for fighting such a hard and prolonged battle.
The last count from the state Board of Elections at 3:30 on Friday showed Murphy leading Tedisco by 399 votes. Both had just breached the 80,000-vote mark recently as a laborious count of absentee ballots neared its end. There were only a few hundred of the more than 6,000 absentee ballots returned left to be tallied.
Murphy is planning to make his first appearance in Glens Falls, his town of residence, at 6 p.m. Friday evening.