Vecchio, R-Fort Salonga, won the Republican nomination to run for Smithtown Town Supervisor over Councilman Robert Creighton by 3,245 votes to 2,566 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections as of 10:27 p.m. Tuesday night. All 92 voting districts are reporting their results.
Vecchio took the GOP line on November's ballot by a definitive margin of 679 votes, or 55.82 percent of primary voters. By comparison, he only won the GOP's official endorsement by 74 votes in May.
"I’m disappointed, I think we ran a very good and honest race. But the people have spoken," Creighton said on Tuesday night.
Vecchio could not be immediately reached for comment on the primary results.
Creighton will still get his name on November's ballot for supervisor. He has won the Conservative party's primary with 314 votes despite Vecchio's efforts to launch a write-in campaign (145 votes) and challenger Linda Donnelly, who received 55 votes.
"I believe I probably will," Creighton said about running on the Conservative line in November, opposite Vecchio. "I will take a couple of days before I make that firm."