The new margin between Republican candidate David Storobin and Democrat Lew Fidler is 118.
Although revisiting the voting machine memory sticks resulted in a slight expansion of Mr. Storobin’s 120-vote lead on Election Night last Tuesday to 143, reconciling the differing reports this afternoon gave Mr. Fidler an additional 25 votes on his margin.
Counting the write-in ballots at the Board of Elections is set to begin in a few minutes, which may cause the gap to change again later today, depending on the speed the process moves forward.
Republican State Senate candidate David Storobin is holding onto a 143 vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Lew Fidler, sources tell The Politicker. This is the exact same total as the Board of Elections had last night, and the remaining machines counted today all contained zero votes.
Today’s finished count only reflects the review of the voting machine memory sticks, and next week, the Board of Elections will still recount the paper ballots and the remaining absentee and provisional ballots.
Update: Sources tell the Politicker that one of the remaining voting machine memory sticks was added to the below total, giving Mr. Storobin over a 100 vote boost, putting his new margin at 143 and actually expanding his Election Day total. There are four sticks left.
According to multiple sources, recounting last night’s voting machine numbers has given a slight boost to Democratic candidate Lew Fidler, reducing his overall deficit from 120 to 38, with 97% of the vote in.
Today’s recanvass was only checking the voting machines’ memory sticks, and there will still be a recount of the paper ballots, in addition to counting the absentee votes and provisional ballots later on.
The Daily News‘ Celeste Katz has the total for the two candidates at 10,505 and 10,362 respectively.