The Republican candidates for Broome County district attorney aren't saying much as they await the final results of the primary election.

Michael Korchak trailed Paul Battisti by 137 votes based on unofficial vote totals released by the Broome County Board of Elections Tuesday night. Battisti had 4,564 votes and Korchak had 4,427 votes.

Attorney Paul Battisti on January 30, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The candidates did not respond to requests by WNBF News for comment Wednesday.

Korchak released a statement Thursday morning noting that the outcome of the race will be determined only after absentee ballots are counted.

The statement said: "My team and I have begun our planning for the general election and will be ready to move forward in the coming days."

Battisti issued a statement shortly after the polls closed Tuesday evening. In it, he expressed hope of prevailing when the election is certified. He said he looks forward to "campaigning hard to spread our message of new leadership to make Broome County safer from violent crime."

Democrat Debra Gelson plans to formally announce her campaign for district attorney Thursday afternoon.

Republican district attorney Stephen Cornwell announced in January that he did not intend to seek reelection.

Attorney Debra Gelson on May 8, 2019.
(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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