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Calarco, Giannott Locked in Dead Heat in 7th LD

Democrat Calarco leads by 103 votes, but race remains too close to call.

The race for the Suffolk County Legislature in the 7th District is too close to call, with Democrat Rob Calarco leading Republican John Giannott by only 103 votes (6,051-5,948), according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

When all districts reporting, Calarco emerged over Giannott with 50.38 percent of the vote, but the results are not yet official as absentee ballots are yet to be counted.

Calarco said he is optimistic that he will be victorious but is not yet declaring a win.

"I'm cautiously feeling that it looks like I won this race and we will wait for the absentees to show," Calarco told Patch after the unofficial results came in.

Giannott says that he is not at all out of race and that it will likely come down to less than 10 votes.

"We do know there are 499 absentee ballots in the building [Suffolk Board of Elections], more are coming in today and more tomorrow," Giannott said.

Giannott said that he ran a very strong absentee program, but feels that the race will remain close.

"We think we have the upper hand in the absentee ballot program. That being said once that shakes up I think we will be in a dead heat and we will be in a re-count situation," Giannott said.

Both men are seeking to replace Legis. Jack Eddington, who did not run for re-election. The 7th Legislative District includes Patchogue, Medford, Holtsville and Blue Point.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Fred Stewart November 09, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Gianott did NOT run a clean race at the end...i have the mailers to prove it... the last week or two both candidates got muddy...
dom bonanno November 09, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Can someone refresh my memory as to how dirty a race Calarco ran when he went against Dean Murray? I heard that it is the reason that Jack Eddington did not come out and either endorse or appear in photo ops with Mr. Calarco. Open to all informed replies.
Hugo Sonke November 09, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Sad day when some one says, "glad Rob Won but he did not run a clean race" Whats to be proud of? Oh an to make a point, it's not over yet.
Ellie C. November 10, 2011 at 02:44 AM
No one ran a clean race. It was the most disgusting display of dirty politics and innuendo I've ever seen. I would not want either candidate representing me.
greatsouthbay November 10, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Blame the party bosses, they obviously do not think that that public is well versed enough to understand the issues so they sling mud... truly disgusting!

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