CANAJOHARIE – The race for town supervisor in Canajoharie is now separated by just four votes and headed to a recount.
Montgomery County Board of Elections officials tallied absentee ballots on Monday, according to Montgomery County Democratic Election Commissioner Terry Bieniek.
Democrat Ronald Dievendorf received 31 absentee votes, which allowed him to cut into Republican Benny Goldstein’s already slim 20-vote lead. Goldstein received 15 absentee votes, according to Bieniek.
The race is headed for a recount at 10 a.m. Thursday, Bieniek said. An automatic recount is triggered in races in which the candidates are separated by 20 votes or fewer, according to Bieniek.
The election pitted Dievendorf, a well-known Democrat, who has twice served as mayor of the village of Canajoharie, against a town newcomer in Goldstein, who leaned into his support of former President Donald Trump during the campaign.
The town of Canajoharie has 2,419 registered Republicans compared to 1,493 registered Democrats, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
On election night Dievendorf received 307 votes compared to Goldstein’s 327, with one write-in vote cast, according to unofficial election results posted on the Montgomery County website.
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