27th Congressional District
The Western New York congressional race between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray was too close to call, but the challenger appeared to realize that only after initially conceding.
McMurray is now demanding a recount.
The Democrat addressed supporters shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, telling them the effort was “going to come up a little short.”
That prompted Collins to declare victory about a half hour later.
But with preliminary returns showing the narrowest of margins for Collins, McMurray issued a statement early Wednesday demanding a recount, saying “the will of the voters must be heard.”
Collins is seeking re-election to a fourth term while facing trial in 2020 on federal charges of insider trading. He has pleaded not guilty.
147th State Assembly
David J. DiPietro, the Republican Assemblyman in the 147th District, won a fourth term, besting his Democratic opponent, Luke Wochensky.
DiPietro, who earned about 61 percent of the vote according to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, was first elected in 2012. He ran unopposed in the previous two elections in the primarily Republican district in southern Erie County and all of Wyoming County that includes 14 villages and 30 townships.
The newcomer Wochensky had support from either side of the political fence with endorsements from the GOP chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors as well as a retired highway superintendent in Colden.
Erie County Clerk
Michael “Mickey” P. Kearns, the Republican incumbent, is expected to continue serving as Erie County clerk with a win over Angela Marinucci, the Democrat nominee.
According to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, Kearns was ahead by several thousand votes. With 98 percent of districts reporting, Kearns had 158,801 votes, about 51 percent of the vote, and Marinucci had 153,224, about 49 percent.
This was the Republican-endorsed Democrat’s first re-election bid to remain Erie County clerk. Newcomer Marinucci is a Grand Island resident and corporate immigration lawyer on leave from her law firm.