Just more than two weeks after Election Day, a New York State assembly race in the Hudson Valley has an unofficial winner.
It appears Democratic Assemblywoman Didi Barrett has been re-elected to a second term in the 106th District, which includes portions of northern Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Barrett, in a statement the night of November 20, said that anyone who thinks that their vote doesn't matter need only go through an absentee ballot count like this to understand that absolutely every vote does make a difference. Republican challenger Mike Kelsey, a Dutchess County legislator, conceded some 24 hours later. Kelsey, in a statement posted on his Facebook page, says that while he is heartened to have received the confidence of over 17,500 voters, the final count turned up short of a victory.