Anna Throne-Holst received more votes in five of the 1st District’s seven towns against Dave Calone during Tuesday’s Democratic primary race, according to results released Wednesday by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
Locally, Ms. Throne-Holst was ahead in Southampton, where she was town supervisor for six years, with 56 percent of the vote; in Riverhead with 63 percent; in Southold with 60 percent; and in Shelter Island with 85 percent.
Ms. Throne Holst was also ahead in Smithtown and Islip.
Mr. Calone of East Setauket won Brookhaven Town, which is the largest town in Suffolk County, by 55 percent and East Hampton Town by 57 percent.
Here’s a breakdown of Tuesday night’s primary results:
|Town||Registered Democrats||Dave Calone||Anna Throne-Holst|
Prior to the vote, Mr. Calone had been endorsed by the Brookhaven and East Hampton town Democratic committees and committee chairpersons. He also had the backing of all four Democrats on the East Hampton Town Board and of the only Democrat on the Brookhaven Town Board, plus the backing of two former Democratic Brookhaven council members.
Unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections showed that Ms. Throne-Holst held a lead of just 29 votes, with about 1,700 absentee ballots still to be counted. That ballot count is expected to begin July 5.
The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will face Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in November. Mr. Zeldin, a former New York State Senator, took over the seat in 2014 after defeating Democrat Tim Bishop of Southampton by more than 15,000 votes.
Mr. Calone, 42, is an attorney, venture capitalist and former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
Ms. Throne-Holst, 56, of Sag Harbor served as Southampton Town Supervisor for six years before not seeking re-election in 2015 to focus on the Congressional race.
If Ms. Throne-Holst doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, she’ll still appear on the ballot under the Women’s Equality Party line.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Photo: Anna Throne-Holst and Dave Calone met his supporters at the Meadow Club in Port Jefferson Station on primary night. (Credit: Times Review, file)