Johnson City mayor awaits absentee ballots in primary race

Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie will have to wait a few more days to officially declare victory in Tuesday's Republican primary race.

The incumbent won by just 18 votes in Tuesday's primary, facing off against Richard Balles and Marty Meaney, but there are 82 uncounted absentee ballots that may change the outcome.

Deemie finished with 255 votes, Balles, a current village trustee, pulled in 237.

Despite the uncounted absentee ballots, Deemie is remaining confident.

"There's three of us so you split it, it still looks good for me. We have to be cautious at this point. We are in the lead which makes me very happy and I thank all the voters for their support and belief in me," he said.

The absentee ballots will be tallied on the September 20.

Deemie would face off against Democrat Andrew Holbert in the general election. 

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