Three Republicans and one Democrat appear to have secured the four open seats in the Fourth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court.
With about 99 percent of election districts reporting this morning, incumbent Republican Joseph Sise is the top vote-getter with 156,930, followed by Democrat Christine Clark with 144,645, according to numbers compiled by the Associated Press. Acting Supreme Court Justice Felix Catena, a Republican, is in third with 139,620 votes, and Thomas Buchanan, also a Republican, is fourth with 139,104.
John Ellis, a Republican from Tupper Lake who serves as a family court support magistrate for the Fourth District, appears to have fallen short in his bid for the Supreme Court. He is currently in fifth place with 131,426 votes.
Democrats Mark Powers, John Silvestri and Jeffrey Wait round out the rest of the candidates.
Ellis' father, local Republican party leader Jim Ellis, said he thought the loss had something to do with so many Democrats showing up to the polls to vote in the presidential race.
"I guess the consolation prize is that we (Republicans) won three out of four (judge positions), but the one that was closest to my heart was close but no cigar," Jim Ellis told the Enterprise this morning.
Tupper Lakers voted for John Ellis by a landslide, with most of the town's six voting districts giving him around 250 votes each and around 100 for each of the rest of the candidates.
If the numbers hold, Sise, Clark, Catena and Buchanan will win 14-year terms on the bench. The Fourth District covers a huge upstate New York region that includes 11 counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.