Republican Jack Martins leads Democratic incumbent Craig Johnson by 403 votes with all the undisputed ballots counted.
However, there are 879 contested paper ballots awaiting a judge’s review.
After seven days of close examination of more than 4,200 paper ballots, Martins had 42,532 votes to 42,129 for Johnson, officials of both parties said.
GOP's Scott Reif says:
"They’ve concluded opening all undisputed ballots and Jack Martins
will be the new Senator from the 7th Senate District in Nassau County.
While 849 disputed ballots remain, those are comprised of 431
ballots from voters registered Republican, Conservative and Independent – all
lines Jack Martins ran on -- compared to 321 ballots from registered Democrats,
a difference of 110. Given the voting patterns of machines and paper ballots,
it is virtually impossible for Senator Johnson to overcome the 403 vote
It’s clear that Jack Martins will win and that any further delay in
opening other ballots is simply another attempt by the Democrats to stall the
Dems have insisted that a count off all ballots - which would include a hand count of machine ballots - would put their guy over the top. Here's Dem's Austin Shafran on the latest:
"Martins' slim lead represents less than half of one percent of the total votes cast. That's why we're continuing to fight for a full and fair count of every vote."