Rick Wallace

Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca attorney Rick Wallace appears likely to win the contested race for Ithaca City Court judge, according to preliminary results from the Tompkins County Board of Elections.

Wallace leads interim judge Seth Peacock in the Democratic primary by a margin of 745 to 675, or 41 percent to 37 percent.

Board of Elections officials said late Tuesday night that Peacock could still win because there are at least 80 uncounted absentee ballots with unknown results. Wallace is currently ahead by 70 votes.

There are also still up to 25 more absentee ballots that could come in. Additionally, there are currently an unknown number of affidavit ballots, an official said.

“We can’t declare an official winner yet,” said the official, who added that the results would be certified in nine days at the latest.

While Wallace appears ahead on the Democratic line, Peacock is ahead by an 8-to-6 vote margin for the Working Families Party line.

Kristine Shaw, a local attorney, received 381 votes — or 21 percent — the results show.

For background on the race.

This news is breaking and we will be providing updates.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.