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NY Court Nixes Recount In Long Island Senate Race

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Sen. Craig Johnson and Jack Martins - File / Photos: Friends of Craig Johnson, Martins for Senate

Sen. Craig Johnson and Jack Martins – File / Photos: Friends of Craig Johnson, Martins for Senate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court has rejected a Democratic state senator’s request for a full manual recount in his narrow loss to a Republican newcomer on Long Island.

That ruling will return control of the Senate to Republicans with a 32-30 majority in January after two years of Democratic rule.

The Court of Appeals unanimously is upholding a judge’s certification that Sen. Craig Johnson lost to political newcomer Jack Martins by 451 votes out of almost 85,000 cast.

New York’s new voting machines have paper copies of every vote and the Democrats wanted all recounted in hopes there were errors and Johnson won.

However, the Court of Appeals says initial audits showed few discrepancies or “a substantial possibility” that Johnson won.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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