The race for Rensselaer County District Attorney will go to absentee ballots.
According to unofficial results from the Board of Elections, Republican Joel Abelove ended the night with 50.36 percent or 21,857 votes to Democrat Carmelo Laquidara’s 49.58 percent or 21,518 votes.
There were about 2,700 absentee ballots issued and 1,814 were returned to the BOE.
The re-canvass of machine votes generally takes place the day following the election. It’s unclear when the two sides will sit down and go through the arduous process of counting the absentee ballots.
The two are vying for the seat vacated when Rich McNally was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on Jan. 1.