ALBANY — It’s not over, till it’s over.
After trailing in the polls by over 28,000 votes on election night, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi claimed victory Wednesday in the 22nd district over his Republican challenger — celebrating a slim 13-vote lead.
The freshman Democrat now leads Republican opponent Claudia Tenney by 12 or 13 votes according to the latest results tallied by the local board of election officials in the district, sources confirmed to The Post.
He was down by around 28,700 votes on election night, but has captured a majority of votes through mail-in ballots submitted.
“This process and the integrity of our election are critical to our republic. This judicial review has been fair, open, honest, and transparent and I remain confident that voters’ voices will be heard,” wrote Brindisi in a series of tweets.
“In January I will be sworn in and continue to work with both parties and stand up to anyone on behalf of all of New York’s 22nd district,” he added.
Brindisi was down by a razor thin 100 to 200 vote margin as of Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the Tenney campaign disputed Brindisi’s early declaration.
“Brindisi’s premature declaration of victory is future evidence that his team has no interest in ensuring a fair process that preserves the integrity of the election and protects the rights of voters. We will fight to ensure that all and not only legal counts are counted — not jumped to faulty conclusions,” Tenney campaign spokesman Sean Kennedy told The Post.
There are still hundreds of ballots on the table, as both campaigns have filed legal motions challenging the validity of a handful of ballots — including several cast by deceased voters — the fate of which will be decided in Oswego County state Supreme Court perhaps as early as next week.
The status of hundreds of affidavits have also yet to be determined, after they were disqualified from the overall tally by election officials representing the districts’ eight counties.
Oswego County state Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte issued an injunction on Tuesday, blocking election officials from certifying the results.
Both campaigns have a Monday deadline, and DelConte is expected to make a decision on the uncounted ballots as early as next week.
But if Brindisi keeps his lead, the turnaround would mark a stunning comeback in a fierce rematch against Tenney, who he beat out in 2018.
Brindisi’s slim advantage also mirrors Democratic successes in other state and local races by picking up a majority of absentee ballots, after the trailing on election night and overcoming a so-called red mirage.
Long Island Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi trailed Republican opponent George Santos by around 4,000 votes on Nov. 4, but recovered ground and declared victory earlier this month.
Several state Senate Democrats on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley also appeared to be in trouble after election night, but the conference ended up retaining and picking up new seats across the state, clinching an overwhelming majority of mail-in ballots.
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