Republicans Confident on Absentee Ballots, Need Money

ALBANY—They're still coming in, but Republicans say they have reason to be optimistic about absentee ballots in the 20th District

ALBANY—They're still coming in, but Republicans say they have reason to be optimistic about absentee ballots in the 20th District congressional race.

"The Republicans I talked with last night felt very confident about the composition of those absentee ballots," said Robert Turner, a political science professor at Skidmore College. "Most are from Saratoga, where Tedisco ran well.  There is also the perception that the snowbirds are disproportionately Republican, as are the military ballots."

Last night at his campaign wrap party, Tedisco aide Bill Sherman said that of the 5,907 ballots that had been received, there were 798 more from enrolled Republicans than Democrats.

As an unscientific observation, many of the guests at the Tedisco party seemed pretty confident–and were happy to throw around numbers; that was not the case at Murphy's party.

But confidence aside, the N.R.C.C. says it needs money. As Liz points out, the organization played the Al Franken card very early this morning. Here's the e-mail they sent to supporters:

I just stepped out of a political meeting…

Don't let the Democrats steal this election. Less than 80 ballots separate Republican Jim Tedisco and his Democrat opponent. We cannot afford to allow the Democrats to steal this election.

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Democrats have almost succeeded in stealing the election in Minnesota and seating Al Franken. We cannot allow them to manipulate electoral results to seat another tax-troubled liberal.

We need your support to make sure the will of the residents of New York's 20th district prevails in the final outcome.

Please contribute today and together we can ensure a fair and accurate count of the remaining ballots.
Thank you.
Sincerely,

Guy Harrison, NRCC Executive Director

Republicans Confident on Absentee Ballots, Need Money