Paul Battisti is the apparent winner in the race for the Republican nomination for Broome County district attorney.

The final unofficial machine tally showed Battisti with just over 50 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday's primary election.

Battisti had 4,564 votes to Michael Korchak's 4,427 votes.

In a statement, Battisti said he's looking forward to the absentee ballot count which is scheduled to take place on July 8.

In the statement, Battisti said: "I would like to extend my appreciation to Mike Korchak for running a spirited campaign. While we disagreed on many issues, he campaigned hard and I respect that."

If the outcome holds after absentee and affidavit votes are counted next month, Battisti will face Democrat Debra Gelson in the November 5 general election.

Michael Korchak during a radio program appearance on June 24, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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