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Absentee votes may affect Thurman race

QUEENSBURY Wednesday, the Warren County Board of Elections began counting absentee ballots from the recent general election, county officials said. At present, 2904 absentee ballots have been received out of the 3,258 total sent out prior to the election. It doesnt appear that the absentees will affect any of the outcomes, Republican county election commissioner Mary Beth Casey said. The only local race that could be substantially affected by the absentee ballots is the contest for Town of Thurman Justice, she said. At present, independent candidate Filomena Riviello has a slim 33-vote lead over embattled Republican candidate Glenda Duell. Duell is pursuing legal action to allow her to take office if she wins. She was convicted of felony charges about 12 years ago in an environmental pollution case. Although the absentee ballots arent likely to change who won in regional or national races, the tally of whom the county favors to lead the U.S. is in balance with the absentee votes. Election night, the vote tally for the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket was 14,416, six votes short of the 14,422 for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Despite last-minute campaigning in the area by Americas Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Alexander Sandy Treadwell former state Secretary of State lost by a considerable margin. First-term incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, beat Treadwell 156,292 to 96,624.

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