BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — With less than 140 votes separating him from his opponent, Republican candidate for Broome County District Attorney Mike Korchak says there’s not much he can do but wait for outstanding ballots to be counted.
Korchak met with the media this afternoon for the first time since Tuesday’s unofficial primary results showed him a mere 137 votes behind fellow Republican Paul Battisti. Absentee ballots, which had to be postmarked by Monday, continue to come into the county’s Board of Elections and now number more than 630. Plus, there may be some affidavit ballots that are deemed legitimate. They are scheduled to be opened on Monday July 8th.
Korchak says, “Obviously, we had a long and difficult campaign. It’s too close to call at this point in time, though we’re behind there’s still ballots to be counted. So we’re still in the running, it’s still a horse race as they say until all the votes are counted.”
Korchak says it does feel odd after months of meeting people and attending events to now sit idle awaiting the results. He says he encouraged his supporters who couldn’t vote in person on Tuesday to mail in absentees and feels optimistic that he can overcome the current deficit.