With just over 100 votes separating the hopefuls, it’s too soon to know the victor in the 3rd Congressional District race.
According to the latest unofficial returns from the state Board of Elections, Grant Lally was leading his Republican opponent Stephen Labate by 110 votes. The 3rd District takes in Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck as well as much of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The winner will oppose Rep. Steve Israel in the fall election. Israel has been in office since 2000.
A recount may be in order as Lally unofficially won by only 115 votes. Absentee, special and affidavit ballots must also be counted within 15 days.
This is Lally’s third run for office. He was defeated twice by former Rep. Gary Ackerman. Lally, 52, lives in Lloyd Harbor, LI and runs a law firm with his wife. Labate, 46, an Army veteran, is a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, who lost to Israel two years ago.
Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is considered a strong candidate.