WASHINGTON (CNN) – As election day closes without a winner in New York's 20th congressional district, each of the candidates sounded an optimistic tone that he would come out on top after all the votes are counted.
Democrat Scott Murphy currently leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 25 votes, but the results don't include absentee ballots. Murphy said that because he was able to close a 20-point deficit in the polls in recent weeks, that he thinks that his momentum will carry him through.
"We just think we're going to have the same kind of results we had with the absentees that we had with all the rest of the ballots," Murphy said at Poopie's Diner in Glens Falls, New York on Wednesday. "We're ahead after the regular count, there's been a lot of votes counted already, we think we'll be ahead after the absentees."
But Tedisco said that because the tally so far doesn't include military voters, who tend to lean Republican, the remaining ballots will push him over the edge.
"When we finish those counts, we believe we'll be off to Congress and we couldn't be more excited to represent this outstanding group of constituents," Tedisco said at a press conference on Wednesday.