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(UPDATED) Tkaczyk nibbles on Amedore's lead

Out of the gate in Ulster County today is good news for Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.

After counting 289 votes in the town of Esopus, Republican Assemblyman George Amedore has shed 41 votes of his 920 vote overall lead. The town gave 165 votes to Tkaczyk and 124 for Amedore, according to a source familiar with the count.

Tkaczyk is now down 879 votes.

The results are a slight deviation from the Election Day results, when Tkaczyk won about 54.5 percent of the vote in the town. The paper ballots broke for her to the tune of about 57 percent.

In order to emerge with an outright lead after Ulster County, she needs to win a higher percentage of paper ballots than she did on Election Day. A higher percentage has been made especially important in light of the revelation that the Ulster County Board of Elections ruled almost half the affidavit ballots ineligible, which shrunk the size of potential votes to grab from.

Additionally, the source said roughly 100 ballots have been laid aside today as the result of objections from lawyers for the candidates.

The Ulster County BOE is still reviewing the city of Kingston and is also counting the town of Hurley.

UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: According to the Twitter account of Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif, Amedore's lead is now down to 745 votes. In his tweet, he said that about one-third of the county has been completed.

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