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New Castle Candidates Remain Patient on Results

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – A week after close election results showed New Castle Democratic candidates leading in all races, Republican candidates are still waiting for official results before throwing in the towel.

Unofficial results currently show supervisor candidate Bob Kirkwood (R,I) trailing opponent Susan Carpenter (D) by 140 votes. Despite calling it a longshot to make up the votes in emergency and absentee ballots, Kirkwood is still waiting on an official word from the Westchester County Board of Elections before making a decision.

“While it appears statistically unlikely that the current leads will be reversed, we believe each vote should be counted in races that are this close,” said Kirkwood in an email.

Rich Diefenbach, who ran for one of the two available town board seats on the Team New Castle slate with Kirkwood, is taking a similar approach. In the unofficial results, Diefenbach trails opponent Jason Chapin by 185 votes for the second available seat on the board. Incumbent Elise Kessler Mottel has a solid hold on the first seat, leading the third-place Diefenbach by 313 votes.

The only concession to date has come from Republican town justice candidate Kevin Moore, who trails incumbents Douglas Kraus and David Zuckerman by sizeable margins. Kraus and Zucker received 2,374 and 2,293 votes, repectively, while Moore received 1,478 votes.

Official results from the Board of Elections are not expected for weeks.

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