No concession yet in GOP Rensselaer County executive primary

TROY, N.Y. -- A day after the primary election, Chris Meyer has not formally conceded to Steve McLaughlin in the race for the GOP nomination for Rensselaer County executive.

Late Tuesday night, Meyer indicated he would wait to see the results from absentee ballots.

"We worked hard on the absentees, so we'll see how that works out, but it looks like tonight, we're not going to know, which is unfortunate," said Meyer.

The Rensselaer County Board of Elections says almost 1,500 absentee ballots were distributed, and as of Wednesday afternoon, 750 have been returned. The board will count any ballot it receives with a postmark of September 11.

"Mathematically, I think it's clear it's impossible to close that gap," said McLaughlin. "It's almost always impossible to close a gap of that size."

Meyer could still continue with his campaign, as he will appear on the general election ballot with the Reform party. Still, McLaughlin hopes Meyer will decide to unite the GOP instead.

The board of elections says it will take a bit of time before it has a final count from the absentee ballots.

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