Queens District Attorney Race Heads To Recount

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Absentee ballots gave Queens Borough President Melinda Katz a small lead over public defender Tiffany Cabán — reversing the outcome from election night.

The tally of absentee ballots conducted after Election Day has tentatively reversed the outcome of last month’s Democratic primary for district attorney of Queens ― a race that has generated national excitement.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, 53 ― who trailed public defender Tiffany Cabán, 31, by over 1,000 votes when regular ballots were counted on Election Day ― now holds a 20-vote lead over Cabán. The New York City Board of Elections will now conduct a full recount, which it has a policy of initiating when the victory margin is under 0.5 percentage points.

The new margin dismayed supporters of Cabán and increases the likelihood that the election will end in acrimony.

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