Binghamton Republican primary feels like a general election, poll workers say

By Matt Porter

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) It felt more like a general election than a primary at Binghamton's polling station at Temple Concord, workers said.

Republican and Conservative voters were regularly trickling in to cast ballots for the Binghamton mayoral race.

As of 6 p.m., about a third of the district's 278 Republican voters had cast a ballot.

Voters have the choice between Rich David, Douglas Drazen, and Edward Hickey.

Kent Turner of Binghamton said he's voting for Rich David because he said he has the experience to handle the problems facing the city.

"I believe Binghamton is at a crucial point, I think we've turned the corner with all the students, and I think the choice of mayor is very important," Turner said. "And I feel very strongly about it, and that's why I've come out to vote."

In Tioga County, there is a three-way race for district attorney.

The candidates include acting District Attorney Irene Graven, assistant district attorney Adam Schumacher and former assistant district attorney Kirk Martin.

Joann Gray, of Owego, said she's voting for Graven because of personal experiences with the acting DA.

"I think she's been doing a fine job," Gray said. "We had foster children years ago, and she was actually for one of the one's we adopted, the law guardian. So I have had contact with her in the past and I was impressed with her."

There are 33 primary races in total in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties.

Polls will remain open until 9 p.m.

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