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UPDATE: Battisti Declares Victory After Absentee Ballot Count

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

 After a count of absentee and affidavit ballots on Monday, Paul Battisti took to Facebook and declared victory in the GOP primary election for Broome DA. 

 

 

Battisti will run against Democratic candidate Debra Gelson in November. 

Michael Korchak gained 12 votes from absentee and affidavit ballots, which narrowed the original 137 vote gap down to 125, but it wasn't enough. When Fox 40 spoke with Korchak right before there was a break in the counting, he did not yet concede, instead saying "it's not over yet."

"Obviously we didn't make up as much ground as we had hoped to on the absentee ballots. We got more of the absentee votes, but not as many as we had wished," said Korchak, "But at this point in time I can not thank my committee and my campaign people enough and the voters for being involved in the process."

 

About an hour later, a lawyer representing the Korchak campaign returned to the Board of Elections and told commissioners the campaign is withdrawing their objections to certain ballots and to go ahead and tally them as the board sees fit. Korchak himself did not return to the Board of Elections.

The Battisti campaign tells Fox 40 that after those challenged ballots were counted, Battisti's margin over Korchak grew to 173.

According to the Board of Elections, there were 710 Republican votes tallied: 632 absentee and 78 affidavit ballots. That's before the additional challenged ballots and those that needed to be hand-counted. An official vote count is expected to be available in the next couple weeks.


 

For Dems in the Village of Endicott, after approximately 80 votes were counted, the Board of Elections unofficial results showed Cheryl Chapman was able to hold onto her lead to become the nominee in the three-way Endicott Mayoral primary, beating out Larry Coppola and Frank Palmisano. 

 

See Also:

Debra Gelson Formally Announces Her Candidacy for Broome County District Attorney 

Broome DA Primary Race Too Close To Call

 Broome DA Primary Race Down To Absentees, Battisti Currently Up By 137