ELIZABETHTOWN - The race between the candidates for Essex County District Attorney is still too close to call after Election Day.
Unofficial results reported after polls closed Nov. 3 show Republican-backed candidate Kristy Sprague with a 75-vote lead over incumbent Julie Garcia in the county-wide race.
The margin remained close as individual towns reported their counts throughout the evening. With only Minerva and North Elba left to report, the count showed Garcia with a 110-vote lead.
Final tallies gave Sprague a tentative win, however, claiming victory by a margin of 6053 votes to Garcia's 5978.
"It was a close race," said Sprague, "but I won, and I'm very pleased with the result."
Sprague, an Assistant District Attorney in Clinton County, received the endorsement of Essex County Republicans and went on to a narrow victory over fellow Republican Garcia in the party primary, but not before Garcia had secured the endorsement of county Democrats.
"I knew it was going to be tough," Sprague added. "[Garcia's] a four-year incumbent who ran on a major party line, but we won, and I'm happy with that."
The towns of Elizabethtown, Westport, Moriah, Essex, and Schroon all broke heavily in favor of Garcia, but Sprague claimed significant victories in Chesterfield, Ticonderoga, Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson, and her new hometown of Willsboro.
Sprague said the presence of the Congressional race in the 23rd district contributed heavily to the closeness of the District Attorney race.
"The Democrats definitely got out the vote," she said, surmising that many supporters of candidate Bill Owens also voted for Garcia on the Democratic line.
Garcia has yet to concede, but certainly acknowledged the initial deficit in a race many had painted as a referendum on the decision of Republican party leaders not to back the candidate they had chosen four years prior.