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7th LD Race Headed for Recount With Calarco Leading by 103 Votes

Republican John Giannott predicts race will ultimately be decided by fewer than 10 votes.

The contentious race to replace Jack Eddington as the next Suffolk County legislator in the 7th District is nowhere near being decided.  

As it stands, Democrat Rob Calarco leads Republican John Giannott by 103 votes--6,051-5,948--after the ballots were tallied on Tuesday.

Those figures, however, do not include nearly 500 absentee ballots, with more coming in Wednesday and Thursday, according to Giannott, a political who runs two Bellport businesses. 

"I believe we had a very strong absentee ballot program we mailed to everybody," said Giannott, of Patchogue. "We think we have the upper hand in the absentee ballot program."

Both candidates agree the race is likely headed for a recount.

“I’m still feeling very optimistic that I’m going to come out on top," said Calarco, who currently as Eddington's chief-of-staff, " but I’m not going to get ahead of myself and we are going to wait for the Board of Elections."

Giannott said he believes it could be two weeks before a winner is confirmed.

“The people have voted, the votes are in the house, this is going to be up to our chairman and party’s attorneys to sit there and see which votes are valid and not valid," said Giannott, who added that his campaign has "major questions" regarding some issues being reported with the new voting machines.

"At the end of the day, this election is going to be literally decided by less than 10 votes," Giannott said.

In a Congressional race last year, it took more than a month for incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, to victory over Republican candidate Randy Altschuler following a recount. There were nearly 200,000 votes cast in that race, however, a far cry from the 12,000 in the 7th LD.

"We are going talking a much smaller area," Calarco said, "not anything nearly of the size that happened during Congressman Bishop's race. And I also think the Board [of Elections has learned from some of the mistakes of the past."

Calarco, who was raised upstate and recently purchased a home in Patchogue, said that while it was a tight race, he was happy to be on top...at least for the time being.

"I think that's a very good place to be," he said. "I think my position will hold."

The 7th Legislative District includes Patchogue, Medford, Holtsville and Blue Point.




M. Campanella November 09, 2011 at 08:56 PM
One interesting note, I noticed that I wasn't asked to show any identification at the polls yesterday. Did that happen to anyone else too?
Through the Looking Glass November 09, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Why would you be asked to show ID? We still live in a democratic society. I know the fearmongers want to ask for proof of ID to target minorities, but in 40 years of voting I've never been asked to prove who I am.
gooseman3 November 09, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Why? Something I heard was someone who recently died was found to have signed the sign in sheet and vote........
Kris Murray November 09, 2011 at 09:26 PM
During the absentee count tin the 2010, NY1 race. The Democrats are the party that prooved to have people voting absentee in NY1 and voting in person in NY City. John, watch the Democrats like a HAWK! And this time, how about a Republican judge? The last judge was a Democrat.
Michael CJ November 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM
To ask for an ID would disenfranchise the poor. What a bunch of crap! This is the argument the liberals us to stop normal minded people from requiring someone to show ID to vote.
Hugo Sonke November 16, 2011 at 08:20 AM
Why do you need ID, drop dead in the street and see how long it takes to find out who you are. Get into a car accident and be rendered unconscious, see how long it takes to find out who you are? Try to cash a check without it and see how far you get without ID. ID doesn't stop a poor person from voting, what a bunch of nonsense. These poor people you speak of, do they collect benefits without ID? Just another urban myth perpetrated by Democrats to skirt the real issues and try to game the system when it's to their benefit.

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