It’ll be a hectic week in determining the winner of the 46th state Senate seat between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Amedore was down 139 votes after Election Day. He went up 54 votes on Friday after an initial recount in Greene County. Tkaczyk took a 33-vote lead after absentee and affavidat ballots were counted in Albany County yesterday.
After early counting this morning in Greene County, which Amedore won, Tkaczyk’s lead was trimmed to 20 votes.
Republicans said the results in Albany County, although it put Tkaczyk in the lead, were promising. She won by 8.3 percent in the county on Election Day, yet won by 4.5 percent on the absentee ballots.
The next day or two will be critical for both sides: Amedore is expected to need to go up by a few hundred votes overall in Greene, Montgomery and Schenectady counties if he’s going to win.
The last county to count its absentees and affidavit ballots is Ulster—where Tkaczyk is the strongest.
The race is crucial: With 31 seats, Senate Republicans would have a 32-seat majority if Amedore wins. If Tkaczyk wins, the power could tilt to Democrats, but even that is not certain.