Election Day may have been weeks ago, but the race for New York's 50th Senate District is still without a declared winner in Central New York.
The Onondaga County Board of Elections said Wednesday have counted just over 32,000 of the roughly 90,000 ballots in the race after the initial count ended with Democratic Sen. John Mannion leading Republican challenger Rebecca Shiroff by just 27 votes. The close margin prompted an automatic recount by hand.
"For the most part, what we're seeing is the hand count is confirming the machine count," said Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny. "A couple of ballots here and there that are now counted or discounted because of the machines are incredibly accurate but when we are talking about a 50 vote race there's going to be 1 or 2 but out of the first 21000 that had changed voted so that's a hyper small amount but when it's a 50 vote race all of that matters."
Part of the district includes Oswego County. Board of Elections officials there told Spectrum News 1 they were able to count 7,252 votes over the first two days. The race remains too close to call.
Mannion was first elected in 2020 to a seat that was vacated in 2018 by longtime Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco. He first ran in 2018 and lost narrowly to Republican Bob Antonacci.
Should Mannion's lead hold, his re-election will pad the comfortable majority Democrats have in the state Senate, which they took control of in the 2018 elections.