By Stephen J. Kotz
The winner of the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary is not expected to be announced until early next week, as teams representing Anna Throne-Holst and Dave Calone get ready to count the 1,794 absentee ballots that arrived by Tuesday’s cutoff date.
Suffolk County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Anita Katz said voting machine results have been certified by the BOE, and Ms. Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor, still holds the 29-vote lead she had when unofficial results were announced late on June 28.
Although Mr. Calone, an entrepreneur and former county Planning Commission chairman, defeated Ms. Throne-Holst in East Hampton Town by a 487-364 margin in East Hampton Town, she defeated him by a 978-754 margin in Southampton Town. Ms. Throne-Holst received a total of 5,446 votes to Mr. Calone’s 5,417.
Ms. Katz said a total of 4,096 absentee ballots were sent out, many to voters who have standing requests for them, so it was not surprising that only about 44 percent were returned.
A total of 207 absentee ballots came in from East Hampton and 229 from Southampton, according to the BOE.
The absentee vote tally was set to begin on Thursday. Andrew Grunwald, Ms. Throne-Holst’s campaign manager, said he had been told the results will not be known until as late as Tuesday.
Mr. Grunwald said Ms. Throne-Holst’s camp was quietly optimistic because the campaign had undertaken an extensive effort to reach out to potential absentee voters leading up to Election Day.