Rain Wins St. Lawrence County DA Race, Duvé Won't Concede
Challenger Mary Rain is the apparent winner over incumbent Nicole Duvé in the race for St. Lawrence County district attorney.
However, Duvé said she won't concede defeat just yet.
"Clearly, there are more absentee ballots out there than there are votes that separate the two of us," Duvé said, "so I continue to be hopeful and we'll just continue to fight the good fight and we'll see where it turns out."
With all 81 districts districts reporting, Republican Mary Rain leads two-term Democrat incumbent Nicole Duvé 9,808 to 9,113.
The 695-vote difference is less than the 1,141 absentee ballots, but it seems unlikely Duvé will gain enough votes to win.
Rain captured 51.8 percent of the vote, compared with Duvé's 48.1 percent.
Claiming victory, Rain said she was happy with the way things turned out.
"I'm so exuberant," she said. "My friends and my family were here, my supporters were here and it's just an electric crowd."
Rain popped a bottle of champagne after a speech during which she fought back tears.
As a former police officer, prosecutor, public defender and defense attorney, Rain's campaign has focused on what she describes as Duvé's ineffectiveness in winning convictions and dealing with victims.
Duvé stood by her record, pointing to the countless hours she's worked on criminal cases, winning convictions from murders and violent sex crimes to assaults and drug trafficking.
See the unofficial results from the the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections.
Monday, July 25, 2016, Watertown, NY
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