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Final county begins ballot counting in 46th Senate race

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Albany/HV: Final county begins ballot counting in 46th Senate race
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We could have a winner soon in the race for the 46 state Senate district. Ballot counting began in Ulster County on Monday - the last of the five counties to finish counting ballots. Board of Elections officials say with all of Esopus, Hurley, the Town of Kingston, and more than half of the City of Kingston counted, Republican George Amedore has lost 205 votes in Ulster County. That means he's still ahead of Democratic challenger Cecilia Tkaczyk by 715 votes. Amedore's camp says counting should be wrapped up by Tuesday. YNN'S Beth Croughan has more.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Ulster County is in the spotlight as envelopes are sliced open and ballot counting continues in the newly-created 46th state Senate district. Ulster is the last of the five counties to be canvassed after both candidates, Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkacyzk, declared victory on Election Day.

"This is the additional voting, additional ballot casting that hasn't been added to the machine totals. So there are two types of ballots basically. There are the absentee ballots, which are the ballots people requested because they couldn't make it to the poll site. And then there's the affidavit ballot," explained Tom Turco, the Ulster County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner.

They started Monday with more than 4,000 ballots, but according to Turco about 400 affidavits were declared ineligible by the BOE Commissioners and will not be counted at all.

The Tkaczyk campaign is hoping to match Cecilia's run in the county on Election Day and her spokesman said they're confident she will be confirmed Senator.

But after Montgomery County went through their ballots this past weekend, Tkaczyk trailed Amedore by more than 900. His campaign expects him to hold onto a lead and said they're confident he'll win the seat.

Whomever does could ultimately determine which party will control the state Senate.

Counting will continue through Tuesday and Thursday both sides are scheduled to be in court.

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