Caban claims victory in Queens DA primary race

Glenn Schuck
June 26, 2019 - 4:50 pm
Public defender Tiffany Caban declares victory in the Queens District Attorney Democratic Primary election at her campaign watch party at La Boom nightclub

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) —Public defender Tiffany Caban is claiming victory in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney Tuesday night.

The race is still officially too close to call, as Caban leads Queens Borough President Melinda Katz by just 1,090 votes out of 85,000 votes counted.

Katz was seen as the favorite of the establishment with an endorsement from Gov. Cuomo while Caban had Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her corner as well as endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"Tonight we won the Queens district attorney office," Caban told supporters Tuesday night, "I ran because for too long, too many communities in Queens haven't had a fair shot in our criminal justice sysmte."

Officials still have to count absentee votes, of which 3,403 have been deemed valid so far.

Caban doesn't believe the absentee ballots will make a difference.  

"We always knew this was going to be tough," said Katz, "There's a lot more days, probably, until a recount."

Katz isn't conceding yet and the counting won't begin until Monday.

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