State Supreme Court race undetermined by press time

The state Supreme Court Fourth District, which covers much of the North Country and Central New York, was not resolved by press time on election night.

At midnight, 484 of the 681 election districts had reported and the four Republican candidates were leading the polls.

Of 586,048 total votes 169,704 were left blank. Jim Walsh, who also ran on the Conservative line, had garnered the most, with 78,308 votes; Dianne Freestone, who was also running as a Conservative and Libertarian, and Rebecca Slezak, also on the Conservative line, followed close behind, with 75,795 votes and 75,055 votes, respectively, and Mike Cuevas, who also ran as a Conservative, had garnered 73,296 votes. The two Democratic candidates, Julie Garcia and Michael Violando, earned 63,672 votes and 48,973 votes, respectively.

Every single one of these candidates graduated from Albany Law School.

The Fourth District includes the counties of Franklin, Essex, Clinton, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady. Justices are elected for 14-year terms and earn a $208,000 salary annually.


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