More than 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.
Murphy celebrated his victory with appearances in Glens Falls, his town of residence, on Friday evening and on Saturday, and met with supporters in Halfmoon on Tuesday night before leaving for Washington, D.C. He was scheduled to be sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, after The Spotlight went to press.
In Duchess County Supreme Court on Monday, attorneys for both sides asked that all objections to the roughly 700 uncounted absentee ballots be lifted. The unofficial vote tally from the state Board of Elections has stood at 80,420 for Murphy and 80,021 for Tedisco since Friday afternoon.
Tedisco made his concession in a phone call.
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.
Tedisco did not return calls seeking comment.
"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.