New tally flips results of Queens DA race, forcing recount

NEW YORK (AP) — A tally of paper ballots has reversed the initial results in the closely watched Democratic primary for Queens district attorney.

But the close margin will force an automatic recount in a race that embodies the national fight between left-wing and moderate Democrats.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz now has a 20-vote edge over political newcomer Tiffany Caban, who had held a 1,090-vote lead with 99 percent of precincts reporting on primary night last week.

Katz is the favorite of the state’s Democratic Party establishment. Caban is a public defender who says the criminal justice system is rigged against the poor and was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The winner will be favored to win the November general election to succeed longtime District Attorney Richard Brown. He died in May at age 86.

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This story has been corrected to say that Richard Brown died in May, not last month.

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