Rabbitt congratulates Metzger after absentee count ends

In a Facebook message on Tuesday, Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt thanked her supporters and congratulated Jen Metzger on her victory in their 42nd Senate District race following the completion of the absentee-ballot count four weeks after the election.

“In a close election, we wanted to make sure that everyone who took the time to fill out an absentee ballot had their voice heard,” Rabbitt, a Republican from Greenwood Lake, said in the post on her Senate campaign page, her first since the day after the election. “The last of the absentees were counted and although we did not win, I am proud of the race we ran and grateful to all who helped. I would also like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Jen and wish her well.”

Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman whose victory helped Democrats claim a Senate majority for the first time since 2010, had led by 2,522 votes in machine votes after the Nov. 6 election, a substantial margin that made it improbable that absentee ballots would change the outcome. As it turned out, those additional votes wound up widening Metzger’s victory, putting her on top by 3,719 votes, or 3.7 percentage points.

The 42nd District, represented by retiring Republican Sen. John Bonacic for the last 20 years, takes in Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties. Here are the final vote counts for each of those counties:

Orange County

Metzger: 25,198

Rabbitt: 25,039

Sullivan County

Metzger: 11,754

Rabbitt: 12,794

Ulster County

Metzger: 13,274

Rabbitt: 7,447

Delaware County

Metzger: 2,063

Rabbitt: 3,290

Total

Metzger: 52,289

Rabbitt: 48,570

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