Craig Johnson (D) has said he will appeal the judge certification of the election, claiming his loss by 451 out of over 85,000 votes cast needs a hand recount. With new voting machines in use in all of New York this election, forcing a hand recount will set the stage for very contentious, drawn-out elections from here on in.
A few days ago, Democrat Antoine Thompson conceded to Mark Grisanti in a district where no Republican even ran two years ago.
This is GREAT news for New York. This will make a huge difference in the redistricting outcome, as New York is likely to lose two congressional seats. The Republicans now hold a very slim 32-30 majority. But this Senate win will at least let them sit at the table.
The election last month saw the most congressional flips of any state – six total. This makes New York a little less blue. Before the election, 2 of 29 delegates were Republican. The new congress will now have 8 of 29 delegates from the R’s. That, and the NY Senate flip, gives me hope that we still can change New York.