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Absentee votes in Orleans hold key in near tie

With one vote the difference, two Republican candidates for a legislator-at-large- position will have to wait for the results of just under 100 absentee ballots to determine who will be on the November ticket.

Donald Allport, the endorsed candidate received 1,057 votes compared with 1,058 for Richard Cichocki Jr.

The absentee results will either set up a potential dog fight for the post or make November's election moot with no Democrats vying for the position. Cichocki is already on November's ballot as a Conservative and if he were to finish atop Allport he would likely run away with the spot.

In the other countywide election, Karen Lake-Maynard captured 66 percent of the 2,165 votes cast for the Republican spot on the November ballot for county clerk.

Gayle Ashbery, who pulled in 740 votes to Lake-Maynard's 1,425, said she wasn't deterred by the results.

"I'm not a quitter," Ashbery said of her political future.

Like the legislator-at-large position, there are no Democratic candidates challenging for the spot, nearly ensuring Lake-Maynard of a November victory in a heavily GOP county.

Two towns also held Republican primaries Tuesday with the Democrats already having their candidates in place through caucus.

In Kendall, Supervisor John Becker fell to challenger William L. Vick 363 to 142, pitting Vick against Democrat Jonathan Gillman in November.

The town also will have two new councilmen with challengers Charles W. Scroger (339 votes) and David M. Schuth (158), knocking incumbents Michael Weisenburg (156) and Gary Kludt (156) off the ballot as Republicans.

In Ridgeway, where there are no Democrats running, Brian P. Napoli defeated Willard C. Messlar 276 to 125. Challenger Richard Callard took the first of two spots with 324 votes while Councilman Jeffrey S. Toussaint took the second slot with 231 votes. Councilman Homer Phillips finished with 147 votes.

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