July 2, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Tiffany Cabán’s narrow lead in the Queens District Attorney race has widened by more than 100 votes as a recanvassing of voting machines from last week’s election came to a close yesterday.
Cabán has now won a total of 34,104 votes compared to Borough President Melinda Katz’s 32,905, Patch first reported, bumping up the margin to 1,199 votes.
On election night, the contentious Democratic primary stayed neck-and-neck between Katz and Cabán, with Cabán ultimately coming out on top by a margin of 1,090 votes.
While thousands of absentee ballots and affidavits have still yet to be counted, the results are not likely to change in Katz’s favor. Despite Cabán declaring victory on election night shortly after 11 p.m., Katz has not yet conceded, wanting to wait for every vote to be counted.
The remaining absentee and affidavit ballots are expected to be counted over the coming days.
The winner of the primary will go head-to-head against Republican candidate Dan Kogan, where the Democratic nominee is expected to come out on top. Kogan told the Queens Daily Eagle, however, that he would agree to step aside to allow judge Greg Lasak—who came third in the Democratic primary—to run as the GOP candidate.
Joann Ariola, chair of the Queens County Republican Party, told QNS on Thursday that they have no intention of putting anyone on the ballot besides Kogan.