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Careers hang on mail-in ballots for 2 House Democrats

Posted On: Jul 29, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

NEW YORK - New York Democrats Eliot Engel and Carolyn Maloney have cruised to reelection through most of their decades in Congress. Now, both must wait for mail-in ballots to be counted - a process that begins Wednesday - to learn whether they will serve an additional term.
Voting in New York's primary election concluded June 23, but an unknown number of ballots have continued to trickle in by mail over the past week.
With potentially as much as 50% of the vote being cast by mail this year because of the coronavirus, absentee ballots could decide the primary election. Under state law, counting may begin Wednesday, but it could take several days to complete in some counties.
The most closely watched contest in New York is the one involving Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Engel, who has been in Congress since 1989, was running well behind former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman in votes cast in person.
The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race, but Bowman, a...

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