Weekly Report for November 13, 2020
Absentee ballots have started to be counted at county boards of elections to decide close races across the state. In Central New York, Democrat John Mannion netted 2,000 votes so far and now trails Republican Angie Renna by 5,000 votes for the 50th Senate District seat. There are 30,000 absentee ballots still to be counted. Democratic Sen. Rachel May declared victory over Republican challenger Sam Rodgers in the 53rd Senate District. Absentee ballot counting has been delayed in Westchester County due to a lawsuit filed by Republican Rob Astorino who is challenging first-term Senator Pete Harckham. Senate Democrats say they still see a path to a veto-proof 42-member majority. Read more here.
Rep. Max Rose concedes to Republican Malliotakis
First-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Max Rose conceded to Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis in the race for the 11thCongressional District, one of the most competitive districts in the nation which includes Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn. Read more here. In another close race, Republican Rep. John Katko clinched his victory over Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District. Also, Democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi reduced Republican Claudia Tenney’s lead by over 7,000 votes, however his path to victory remains difficult.
NYC Council special elections
Special elections for New York City Council will be announced in the coming weeks to fill seats being vacated by councilmembers who won other office on November 3. Councilman Ritchie Torres won his congressional race, Councilman Donovan Richards won the Queens borough president election and Councilman Andy Cohen is becoming a judge. Additionally, Rory Lancman stepped down last month and Andy King was expelled from the Council for misconduct. Read more here.