Tiffany Cabán (Facebook, Photo by Kristina Teschner).
Just over a week after Tiffany Cabán declared victory in the race for Queens district attorney, a last-minute twist placed her opponent, Melinda Katz, ahead by 20 votes. The unexpected turn has forced a manual recount and will send both candidates to court.
Cabán, a public defender, led Queens Borough President Katz by 1.3 percentage points when she claimed victory in the contentious Democratic primary on June 25. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Cabán held the lead with 33,814 votes over Katz’s 32,724 votes.
The 31-year-old, who ran a grassroots campaign and received the endorsement of several members of Congress, was not worried about the thousands of absentee ballots that needed to be counted, her campaign told The New York Times at the time. The campaign claimed that the 3,400 absentee ballots would likely be divided among the seven candidates on the ballot.
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