New York Libertarian Michael Korchak was elected District Attorney of Broome County, defeating a Democrat and Republican.
Mr. Korchak finished with 14,882 votes, beating the Republican challenger F. Paul Battisti by 122 votes. Democrat Debra Gelson finished third with 10,683 votes. The race was not made official until November 19, two weeks after the election.
This is the first partisan election a Libertarian has finished first in an election over a Democrat and Republican for county or state office since 1984, when Andre Marrou was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. In 2004, Libertarian Ben Brandon finished second in a three-way race with a Democrat and Republican for Dade County Executive in Georgia. Since Republican front-runner Allan Bradford received less than 50% of the vote, the election went to a runoff, where Brandon defeated Bradford.
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