Two candidates in the five-way Democratic primary race for the 23rd Congressional District are separated by less than 30 votes.
Unofficial results from the New York State Board of Elections show Max Della Pia of Owego polling just over 7-thousand votes, leading Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan by just 26 votes.
Absentee ballots will likely determine the ultimate winner, who will face incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed in November.
The other candidates were Linda Andrei of Ithaca , Ian Golden of Ithaca and Eddie Sundquist of Jamestown .
The district covers parts of western New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier.
|32.4%||Max Della Pia||7,022|
|100% of precincts reporting (477/477)|
|21,661 total votes|
The following statement was released by Congressman Reed’s campaign:
“It’s no surprise that with a field of Extreme Ithaca Liberal options to choose from, the Democrats couldn’t make a definitive selection in their Primary on Tuesday,” said Nicholas Weinstein, Campaign Manager for Tom Reed for Congress. “With their unanimous support for higher taxes, heroin injection sites in our neighborhoods and government-run socialized medicine, these Extreme Ithaca Liberals have clearly demonstrated to the voters that they are out of touch with our values in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York. We look forward to continuing to highlight how extreme and out of touch they are as they sort through the absentee ballots.”