Results still being counted for some local primary races

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 24, 2020 08:05 AM
Created: June 24, 2020 07:53 AM

ALBANY – Election officials are still counting ballots for some primary races in the Capital Region, and it could be a few days before the full results are in.


This is because this election had many absentee ballots. Anyone was able to vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

In the race for Albany County D.A., about 99 percent of the precincts are reporting. Incumbent David Soares holds a little more than a 1,000-vote lead over Matt Toporowski.

In the race for the 108th Assembly District, incumbent John McDonald has almost a 500-vote lead over candidate Sam Fein, with 50 percent of the vote. The State Board of Elections said that is with 100 out of 103 precincts reporting.

Fein is a two-time Albany County legislator, while McDonald is currently serving his fourth term in the New York State Assembly.

Assemblyman McDonald wrote on Facebook that there are about 4,800 absentee ballots in the race that need to be counted.

The Albany County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner said they mailed out more than 28,000 absentee ballots.  By Tuesday afternoon, they had only received 17,000 completed ballots back.

Results are still coming in for the Republican primary for the 19th congressional district.

Designer Ola Hawatmeh and lawyer Kyle Van De Water faced off. The Board of Elections said all districts are reporting, and right now, Hawatmeh is winning by about 475 votes.

Officials still need to count absentee ballots.

The winner will face Congressman Antonio Delgado in the fall.

To hear more about the races, click on Emily De Vito’s report.

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