Write-in votes still need to be counted in Broome County Executive primary
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Despite an endorsement by the Independence Party, Debbie Preston did have some competition on that line in Thursday's primary.
The Party announced its support of the current County Executive earlier in the week, but democratic challenger Tarik Abdelazim petitioned for a write-in line on the primary ballot. However, voters won't know the outcome for a few more days, as each write-in vote must be canvassed.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday night, Preston had votes but it will not be known how many total ballots were cast until all write-ins are counted.
Abdelazim has already secured the Democratic and Working Families lines on November's ballot, while Preston has the Republican and Conservative spots.
Win or lose on the Independence line, Abdelazim says just getting the opportunity to ballot against a candidate already endorsed by the party says a lot.
"The victory has already happened, and that is that we returned the choice to the thousands of Independence Party members through the democratic process," Abdelazim said.
The general election is November 6th, a little more than seven weeks away.