Bye bye bellwether status.

Otsego County's record 5,100 absentee ballots were not enough to push Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump among county voters, thus denying Otsego a continued run as one of the few places to always back the winner in the United States presidential elections dating back to Ronald Reagan.

According to the county's Board of Elections, the counting of absentee ballots was finished Friday, Nov. 13, and officials were finishing up Monday, Nov. 16, by "sorting election day write-ins and performing our recanvass."

In final numbers posted by Otsego County, Trump got 14,366 votes to 12,986 for Biden.

Biden won the election, breaking the Otsego County streak.

However, Otsego was not the only county to see its bellwether streak broken. Of 19 bellwether counties with streaks back to the 1980s, which were identified by the Wall Street Journal in a 2019 article, only Clallam County, Washington, forecast the election correctly this year. Go to to read more about these counties.

The 19th Congressional District race still remained too close to call Monday. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, led lawyer and veteran Kyle Van De Water, R-Millbrook, by more than 7,000 votes on election night, 141,997 to 134,618.

Van De Water trailed Ola Hawatmeh in the June primary on election night and came back to win on absentee ballots and has not conceded to Delgado.

Delgado declared victory Wednesday, Nov. 4, and absentee ballots in the general election have favored Democrats sharply.

The district includes Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties, as well as parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties. 


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