GHENT—They are still counting. For now, all results from the 2020 General Election in Columbia County, not to mention most of the rest of the United States, are unofficial.
Vice President Joe Biden received more votes that President Donald Trump in the county, according to the Columbia County Board of Elections website https://sites.google.com/a/columbiacountyny.com/elections/home-1
Statewide, New York voters went for Mr. Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris.
First term Congressman Antonio Delgado, a Dutchess County Democrat, won the in-person vote in the race for the seat in the House of Representatives from the 19th District. He appears to have turned back a challenge from Republican Kyle Van De Water, who also lives in Dutchess County. The 19th District includes all of Columbia County and all or parts of 10 other counties in the mid-Hudson and Catskills region.
In a November 4 press release from his campaign he said he was grateful for the support from the voters of the district. He also addressed the issue of the remaining ballots, saying, “I am leading by over 7,000 votes and the data shows that our margin of victory will grow once absentee ballots are accounted for,” he said, adding that with approximately 60,000 absentee ballots left to be counted across the district, the majority—51%—were cast by registered Democrats and 22% by registered Republicans.
The vote tallies that follow include total votes cast on Election Day, November 3 plus the votes cast by early in-person voting, which began October 24. No absentee votes are included in the results. This year anyone could request and vote with an absentee ballots to avoid spreading the Coronavirus. Absentee ballots can and do affect the outcome of some close races.
Columbia County Board of Elections Republican Election Specialist John Joseph Ciampoli said November 4 that the board had received 7,536 absentee ballots. He said that “typically” the county receives between 1,000 to 2,000 absentee ballots.
Mr. Ciampoli said that 6,455 voters had cast their ballots in the early voting and 21,268 voters went to the polls on Election Day, November 3.
How long will it take to process the remaining votes? County Democratic Elections Commissioner Ken Dow said that state regulations do not permit opening absentee ballots until Friday, November 6. But he said that required administrative work on the count has been done and it is possible that most ballots will be processed by early next week or even earlier.
Locally all four incumbent state lawmakers whose districts include communities in Columbia County won reelection. There were also contested races in the towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Kinderhook.
State Senator Daphne Jordan (R-43rd), whose district includes all of Columbia County, issued a statement November 4, saying, “It looks like my Senate re-election campaign has won by a margin of more than 20,000 votes. I want to thank everyone who voted, volunteered, went door-to-door, made calls, sign waved, liked, and shared my social media posts, helped me, and made our campaign so successful.”
Incumbent Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who represents the 106th Assembly District, also issued a victory statement this week, saying, “I am tremendously honored to be re-elected to serve a sixth term representing our beautiful district in the New York State Assembly and I thank you from bottom of my heart for your calls, texts, yard signs and vote of confidence! These are challenging times for everyone and I am ready to get back to work on the many important issues affecting our families and communities in the Hudson Valley—and across the state, country and planet.”
All results here are only for Columbia County and do not report votes from other counties. None of the results here include absentee or affidavit ballot votes.
Jeffrey Judd (D) 649
Andrew Fisher (R) 721
Paulette Bonanno (WF) 76
Christian Kersten (D) 526
Robina Ward (HU) 357
Kinderhook Town Council
Melissa Miller (D/KU) 1,539
Debbie Johnson (R/I) 2,318
President (Columbia County)
Joseph Biden (D/WF) 14,148
Donald Trump (R/C) 12,883
Howie Hawkins (G) 127
Jo Jorgenson (LB) 293
Brock Pierce (I) 86
N.Y. House Dist. 19 (Columbia County)
Antonio Delgado (D/WF/S) 15,019
Kyle Van De Water (R/C) 11,470
Steven Greenfield (G) 151
Victoria Alexander (LB) 301
New York State Senator 43rd Dist.
Patrick Nelson (D/WF) 13,176
Daphne Jordan (R/C/I) 13,735
New York State Assembly 102nd Dist.
Betsy Kraat 710
Christopher Tague (R/C/I) 1,227
New York State Assembly 106th Dist.
Didi Barrett (D/WF/I) 8,401
Dean Michael (R/C/LB) 7,040
New York State Assembly 107th Dist.
Brittany Vogel (D/WF) 4,742
Jacob Ashby (R/C/I) 4,801
Charles Senrick (LB) 59