MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The Montgomery County Board of Elections on Friday confirmed challenger Lorraine Diamond defeated incumbent District Attorney Kelli McCoski in the Republican Party primary June 23.
Election Commissioner Terry Bieniek said McCoski “gained 112 [votes] with absentees, but [that] wasn’t enough to win.”
Approximately 600 absentee ballots were counted on Thursday to determine the winner of the Republican Party primary. Bieniek said the results are still technically unofficial but the Board of Elections will release the numbers on Monday.
Going into the count of the absentees ballots Diamond had received 882 votes, giving her a 292-vote lead over McCoski’s 590.
The bulk of Diamond’s support (647 votes) came from the 20th Congressional District, which includes the city and town of Amsterdam, where retiring Police Chief Greg Culick and Town Supervisor and retired police detective Tom DiMezza endorsed Diamond.
The primary race was little closer in 19 Congressional District, the more rural western part of Montgomery County, where Diamond won by 39 votes, receiving 235 votes to McCoski’s 196.
Diamond supporters, including former Republican 3rd Ward alderwoman candidate Kimberly Van Wormer, issued posts on social media Thursday celebrating Diamon’ds apparent primary victory.
Diamond said she is not certain the exact vote total, but she knows she won.
“We picked up great momentum leading into the primary and we’re going to keep that energy going right through the November election,” she said in a social media message. McCoski did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.
Diamond’s victory in the Republican Party primary ensures there will be a general election showdown between the two former colleagues in November.
McCoski, a registered Republican, has received the nomination to run on the Democratic Party line as well as the ballot lines for the Conservative Party and the Independence Party.
Both McCoski and Diamond sought cross-party nomination from the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, but only McCoski was allowed to file her petition signatures to run unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.
This is the second Montgomery County district attorney’s election in which McCoski has attempted to receive the nomination of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
In 2016 McCoski received permission to run in the Democratic Party primary, but was defeated by former judge and former district attorney Democrat Howard Aison 469 to 372.
McCoski then defeated Aison in the general election, receiving 9,836 votes to Aison’s 6,552 votes.
McCoski on June 23 said she believes the larger turnout for the November general election will help her win a second term in office.