Following close Norwich city judge primary, rift grows between Republicans

NORWICH – By a difference of 9 ballots Michael J. Genute was declared the winner of the Republican primary for Norwich City judge a week after the vote, defeating his opponent, Steven G. Natoli.

Out of the 609 voters casting ballots in the primary, that approximate 1.5 percent margin of victory will ensure Genute's name will appear next to the Republican Party line on the general election ballot.

However, 30 days after the Sept. 12 primary, Genute has yet to be officially endorsed by the Chenango Republican Committee, and that pending issue is increasing tension between party officials and the candidate.

“I can't recall a situation were they haven't endorsed a Republican candidate who won the primary,” said Genute on Thursday, “It is very odd they haven't endorsed me yet.”

Republican County Chairman Tom Morrone said the close local election caused a split between many Republican voters and officials.

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