Recount continues in 86th Assembly District race between Victor Pichardo, Hector Ramirez

City officials are still recounting votes in an extremely close race for the state Assembly seat in the Bronx’s 86th District. Victor Pichardo edged out

The candidates are vying for the seat held by former state Assemblyman Nelson Castro.

The candidates are vying for the seat held by former state Assemblyman Nelson Castro. (9/16/13)

THE BRONX - City officials are still recounting votes in an extremely close race for the state Assembly seat in the Bronx’s 86th District.

Victor Pichardo edged out his closest rival, Hector Ramirez, by just over 1 percent of the vote in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Many are calling the election fraudulent, claiming that some of the older lever voting machines weren't working properly, causing irregularities.

The Board of Elections now has 12 teams made up of bipartisan staff members who are tallying up all the votes again, including those that were written in. Each candidate had the option of appointing one "watcher" for each of those teams.

A person close to the Ramirez campaign confirmed to News 12 that he is at the Board of Elections office in the Bronx making sure that every ballot is counted.

The race is a special election to replace former state Assemblyman Nelson Castro, who pleaded guilty in federal court last month to making false statements.

One other race remains up in the air. Letitia James and Daniel Squadron will face off in a runoff election on Oct. 1 in hopes of taking over Bill de Blasio's position as public advocate.
 

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