After receiving an unprecedented volume of ballots, the Board of Elections named the official victors.

Primary Results: Van Houten Comes From Behind to Win D.A. Race, Kelles Clinches Assembly Seat

Incumbent Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten (D) won the Democratic D.A. primary in a comeback victory over Edward Kopko, who led election night returns with 57.5 percent of the vote. Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles (D-2nd District) maintained her election night lead, cruising to victory in the primary race for New York State assembly.

Despite pandemic fears, thousands of voters across New York State showed up at their local polling stations to participate in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Kelles, Kopko Lead Election Night Returns, but Surge in Absentee Ballots Means Winner Won’t Be Known for Weeks

Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles garnered 34.1 percent of the vote in the seven-person assembly primary, followed by Ithaca Common Council Alderperson Seph Murtagh Ph.D. ’09 (D-2nd Ward) with 20.2 percent. In the primary for Tompkins County District Attorney, local lawyer Ed Kopko led incumbent Matthew Van Houten with 57.5 percent of the vote.