Murphy, Tedisco end night in dead heat

With all precincts having reported, Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by just 65 votes -- now it's up to the absentee ballots.

Published April 1, 2009 2:50AM (EDT)

There will be no grand proclamations, no broad national trends read into the results coming out of New York's 20th congressional district Tuesday night. That's because, for now, there's no winner.

As of this post, with all precincts having reported, Democrat Scott Murphy is locked in what is essentially a tie with his Republican opponent, Jim Tedisco. Murphy actually leads by 65 votes out of more than 150,000 cast, but that's not really the final result.

The next step in the process will be tallying up absentee ballots: There are, according to various reports, somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 of them out there waiting to be counted. Unless that tally somehow pushes the results hard in one direction or another, a recount is likely to follow. Strap yourselves in, folks -- this could be a long one.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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