Ulster DA candidates await absentee ballot count after nearly tied vote

The contest to succeed Holley Carnright as Ulster County District Attorney came about as close as it could get on Tuesday, with Republican Michael Kavanagh leading Democrat Dave Clegg by just three votes out of almost 50,000 cast in the race.

Kavanagh, chief assistant district attorney in Carnright’s office, finished the day with 24,969 votes, and Clegg, an attorney who ran for Congress last year, wound up with 24,966. Several thousand absentee votes have yet to be counted, leaving the outcome up in the air for at least another 10 days.

Clegg said in a statement that the the Board of Elections plans to start counting absentee ballots on Nov. 18. How long it will take to complete that count is unclear.

Clegg and Kavanagh are competing for a four-year term to replace Carnright, a Republican who has been district attorney for 12 years and didn’t seek a fourth term in office.

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