BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A candidate claiming victory in a primary race that’s still unofficial spoke to the media on Tuesday, as well as his likely opponent in the general election.
“I feel very humbled and honored to have the trust and support of the Republican Party in Broome County and be the Republican candidate for Broome County District Attorney,” Paul Battisti said.
After absentee and affidavit ballots were counted at the Broome County Board of Elections on Monday, Paul Battisti announced his win over Michael Korchak in the Republican primary election for Broome County District Attorney.
“It was close. It was a hard-fought battle on both sides. While Mr. Korchak and myself didn’t agree on many issues, he did fight hard and I commend him for that,” Battisti added.
Unofficial totals have Battisti at 4,941 votes and Korchak at 4,768 votes.
“Obviously we didn’t make up as much ground as we had hoped to on the absentee ballots,” Korchak said on Monday. “We got more of the absentee votes but not as many as we had wished.”
While the winner has not been made official by the Broome County Board of Elections, Battisti says he’s ready to hit the ground running against Democratic candidate Debra Gelson.
“I’m a lifelong resident. I’ve been here since day one. I’m raising a family here. I’m a resident here. I have tremendous ideas and I really bring to the table a team approach,” Battisti said.
“I look forward to discussing the issues with Mr. Battisti,” Gelson said. “I look forward to discussing qualifications and experience, all that I have been involved in, as well as getting to know the voters. I think that the district attorney’s job is one that is so very important.”
With just a few months until the November election, the campaign season is heating up.
“I’m just looking forward to meeting everyone. I’m open to meeting with any groups, organizations, unions to discuss the issues,” Gelson added.
“Restoring Broome County to what it once was, there’s so many services, organizations, members of law enforcement in Broome County and if we can get everybody working together, we can do it,” Battisti said.
The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5.