DA Primary Results Still Unclear

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Who won the Democratic primary election for Queens District Attorney? It’s still up in the air. By late night on election day, Tuesday, June 26, Tiffany Cabán declared herself the winner with poll numbers giving her a slight lead, but Melinda Katz says it ain’t over yet and has not conceded.

As we go to press, the New York City Board of Elections had Cabán, a 31-year-old public defender, in the lead with 33,814 votes, and Katz, the current Queens Borough President, trailing by 1,090 votes at 32,724. The results reflect 98.58% of the scanners reported. Cabán already declared victory at her election party, saying, “They said I didn’t look like a district attorney. They said I was too young. They said we could not build a movement from the grassroots. They said we could not win—but we did it, y’all.” However, at her own party, Katz told her supporters that she’s not giving up, saying, “We are doing a recount and God willing, I’ll come out on top.”

With about 3,400 paper ballots still to be counted, including affidavit, absentee and military ballots, Katz still stands a chance, but time will tell. According to the Board of Elections (BOE), the official count cannot be completed until July 3.

In other results, former Judge Gregory Lasak was a third popular choice with 12,377 (14.49 percent) votes. Mina Malik, Jose Nieves and Betty Lugo trailed behind with 3310 (3.87 percent), 1075 (1.26 percent) and 921 (1.08 percent) votes respectively. Surprisingly, despite dropping from the race last week and endorsing Katz, Rory Lancman, whose name remained on the ballot, received 1168 votes.    

In Rockaway, Katz came on top. In Assembly District (AD) 23, which includes Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park and a large portion of the Rockaway peninsula, Katz had 2117 votes. However, a majority of the west end of the Rockaway peninsula, which falls under District 23, voted for Greg Lasak. In AD 31, which represents Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, and Laurelton, Katz also drew a majority of the votes at 1,818, however Cabán had a strong pull with 844 votes, most of which came from parts of Far Rockaway.

Overall, voter turnout was low in Queens. According to the BOE, there are more than 766,000 active registered Democrats in Queens. On Tuesday, only about 85,000 voted.

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