Incumbent Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has won the Democratic line for this fall's general election, defeating challenger Joe Marino in the last month's Democratic primary.

Palmieri led Marino by 122 votes after the June 25 primary (1424-1302), according to the Oneida County Board of Elections. Unofficial numbers obtained by WIBX now show Palmieri's lead more than doubled after a count of absentee ballots, growing to 255 for a total count of 1685 to 1430.

The numbers we obtained are unofficial.

Appearing on Keeler in the Morning after the primary, Marino said he would not drop out of the race regardless of the results after the absentees were counted as he has the endorsement of the Independence Party.

Matthew Arcuri is the endorsed Republican candidate in the race.