LOWVILLE Absentee and affidavit votes did not change the results of the Lewis County judge race.
Republican Daniel R. King has defeated Democrat Kevin M. McArdle by a 329-vote margin, 5,359 to 5,030, according to unofficial results provided by the Lewis County Board of Elections. Mr. King garnered 51.6 percent of the vote.
The former county public defender held a 246-vote lead 4,905 to 4,659 after machine-cast votes were counted in the Nov. 6 general election and actually padded that lead when absentee and affidavit ballots were counted Thursday.
Those votes went 454-371 in favor of Mr. King.
The victor has earned a 10-year seat as county judge, which also oversees Family and Surrogate courts.
Mr. King appeared on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines, having defeated Mr. McArdle in the two minor-party primaries in September.
Mr. McArdle, court attorney for state Supreme Court Justice Charles C. Merrell, was on the Democratic and independent lines.
The Lewis County judgeship has been vacant since Jan. 1, when Judge Merrell moved from that position to state Supreme Court.
While Mr. King won only 10 out of the 17 towns in Lewis County, he managed to take the most populous ones by large margins. The Lowville resident won his hometown by a 1,012 to 899 vote, Croghan by a 703-463 count and Denmark by a 479-435 vote.
Mr. McArdle won his home town of Martinsburg, along with Diana, Greig, Montague, Turin, Watson and West Turin.
Mr. King began working here in 1993, both in private practice and as assistant to then-Public Defender Joanne K. Smith. He subsequently served as public defender from 2002 through February 2009, when he stepped down to focus on his practice and spend time with his family. He has continued to do some work in criminal and family courts over the past few years.
Mr. King will be the second judge in his family, as his late father, Robert A., served as Lowville village justice for 32 years and had a stint as mayor.