Mike Gatto was sworn-in Thursday to the Assembly even as his Republican opponent, Sunder Ramani, continued to put off conceding the race until thousands of uncounted ballots were tabulated.
Gatto (D-Silver Lake) was confirmed during a ceremony at the state capital following his special-election victory on Tuesday over Ramani with 58.7% of the vote. With 100% of precincts reporting, Ramani was behind by 6,155 votes with 41.4% of the vote.
“The Assembly, including all of the Republicans, voted to seat me today,” Gatto said Thursday. “If Mr. Ramani has not conceded yet, it’s a shame. It would appear to me that he’s holding out for vanity’s sake. That’s a sad end to the campaign.”
But on Wednesday, Ramani’s campaign manager, John Thomas, said he had been notified that at least 5,000 late absentee ballots and an unknown amount of provisional ballots had yet to be counted.
Despite Gatto’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, Thomas said they would continue to wait for the final vote tallies.