Plattsburgh mayoral race too close to call

The winner won’t be known until 2,500 absentee ballots are counted.
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 1:58 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 4, 2020 at 3:21 PM EST
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - In a close race for Plattsburgh’s mayor, Republican Scott Beebie is leading Democrat Chris Rosenquest by 290 votes.

But more than 2,500 absentee ballots were mailed out in that race and those results won’t be counted until next week. That’s about 30% of the votes. So until those ballots are counted, we will not know who has won the race.

“When you have a 290-vote difference and you’ve got maybe 2,400-2,500 ballots still to be counted, there is a lot of room there for the other candidate to gain on him,” said Greg Campbell, R-Clinton County Board of Elections.

The Clinton County Board of Elections will count absentee and affidavit votes starting on Monday. It says it plans to count the ballots from the city first.

Rosenquest beat out the current mayor, Colin Read, during the primary.

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