Local Republicans likely have a sweep in two key races for city of Cortland mayor and Cortlandville town supervisor, but only one can be called for sure until next week.
Unofficial results from the Board of Elections show Scott Steve with a 214-vote lead over Democrat Bruce Tytler.
This margin could still technically erode — however unlikely it may be — with about 400 total absentees sent out in total.
Mail-ins historically do work out historically in favor of Democrats. Tytler would need a convicing majority of those yet to be counted (likely at least 300 additional votes).
Under state law, absentees aren’t opened until a week after election day.
Results will be certified on Tuesday, November 9.
The absentee tally won’t matter in Cortlandville.
Incumbent Tom Williams (R) ended the night with a 294-vote lead over Doug Withey (D).
Just 230 total absentees were sent out, which comes up short of having an impact on the result.
Williams retains a position he first won two years ago against Withey, who’s been a town board member himself since 2018.