Incumbent appears winner but results not official
By Kevin E. Foley
Rep. Sean Maloney, the Democratic incumbent in the 18th Congressional district, holds a thin lead over challenger Nan Hayworth as unofficial final results were tallied as of Wednesday morning (Nov. 5). According to the New York State Board of Elections Maloney had 84,415 votes to Hayworth’s 81,625 with all districts reporting, a margin of 2,790 votes.
The Board of Elections is expected to recanvass all 691 districts’ counts and review all absentee and special ballots before rendering a final decision. Officially that efforts can take three weeks, although without evidence of either vote count errors or significant shift in voter sentiment among other ballots the final result could be known much sooner or at least not contradict the current tally.
Maloney has declared victory. In a statement he said: “I want to congratulate Congresswoman Nan Hayworth on a hard fought campaign and the passion of her and her supporters; Hudson Valley voters have once again have spoken and we have won. We have fought this campaign as Democrats and Republicans but we must end it as Americans, proud of our common country and committed to put aide our partisan differences and work for the good of all.”
Hayworth as of this morning has not conceded. “The race is too close to call and the ballots have been impounded as the Maloney campaign requested over the weekend. They knew the race was incredibly close, and we agree,” said Terence Michos, a spokesman for the Hayworth campaign.