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Marcotte Pulls Ahead in District 10 Race

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Republican Sheila Marcotte has pulled ahead by 47 votes in the contest for the seat representing the 10th district on the Westchester County Board of Legilsators. But uncounted absentee ballots still leave the race too close to call.

The Westchester County Board of Elections reported Thursday morning that with 100 percent of the votes in, the unofficial tally is Marcotte 4,212 votes and Democratic challenger John Fitzpatrick with 4,165 votes.

There are still 310 absentee ballots that have not been counted, according to the staffers in Republican Commissioner Doug Colety's office at the County Board of Elections. Those ballots will most likely not be added to the final tally until early next week.

On election night, votes from 19 of the 64 voting districts were not added in due to jammed voting machines. At that time Fitzpatrick was up by 275 votes with an unofficial tally of 52 percent of the votes or 3,194 and Marcotte had 2,919 or 48 percent of the votes.

With 100 percent of the votes in, challenger John Fitzpatrick, who is on the Democratic and Working Families lines has won 47 percent of the vote while Marcotte, who is on the Republican, Conservative and Independent lines won 50 percent of the vote.

The results will remain unofficial until early next week, when Board of Elections officials will appear in court to have a countywide impound lifted off of the voting machines.

At that point, according to Republican Commissioner Colety, the machines can be opened and all of the voting results can be recounted for an official tally.

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