ALBANY - New York's top court has rejected Democratic state Sen. Craig Johnson's request for a full manual recount in his tight loss to Jack Martins in the 7th state Senate District. The Court of Appeals upheld a judge's certification that Johnson lost to Martins by 451 votes out of almost 85,000 that were cast. Martins' victory returns control of the state Senate to the Republicans, who will have a 32-30 majority.The new voting machines used in the state have paper copies of every vote that was cast. Democrats wanted the votes recounted in hopes there were errors and Johnson won.The court's ruling said initial audits showed that there were few discrepancies in the totals.
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