After 212 absentee ballots were counted, Republican Joel Abelove won the Independence Party line by 23 votes over his Democratic Party opponent for District Attorney, Carmelo Laquidara. Abelove had a three-vote lead, 417-414 on the machines at the end of Primary Day.
Heading into November, Abelove will have the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines while Laquidara will have the Democratic, Working Families Party and Green Party lines.
Laquidara won the Green Party via a write in because the party didn’t endorse either candidate. Conversely, the Independence Party endorsed both candidates, which was surprising since the party has almost exclusively endorsed Republicans at least at the local level.
Ablelove is a former Assistant District Attorney who ran for DA four years ago. Laquidara was a judge in the City of Rensselaer before joining the District Attorney's Office. He ran for county court judge two years ago.
Minor party lines can make the difference in any election. Here is breakout of active enrolled voters in Rensselaer County according to state Board of Elections:
Blank (not enrolled in any party): 28,659