Don't Let Dems Steal NY Election: GOP to Donors

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 2:41 PM CDT
James Tedisco, Republican candidate for the 20th Congressional District, appears with his wife, Mary Song Tedisco, at his election-night headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY, yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Republicans are rallying donors behind Jim Tedisco in preparation for a possible legal battle over the results of yesterday’s US House election in upstate New York, the Hill reports. In an email to donors today, GOP leaders say Democrats are preparing to “steal” the seat. Democratic candidate Jim Murphy leads the race to succeed Kirsten Gillibrand by 59 votes, but no absentee ballots have been counted.

The decision of a Minnesota state court in favor of Al Franken in his post-election Senate tussle with Norm Coleman seems to have galvanized the GOP. “Democrats have almost succeeded in stealing the election in Minnesota and seating Al Franken,” wrote Guy Harrison of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “We cannot allow them to manipulate electoral results to seat another tax-troubled liberal.”