As NY27 count continues, McMurray goes to Washington

Erie County and its ~7,400 votes to be counted next week

Mike Baggerman
November 14, 2018 - 3:00 am

Nate McMurray hugs supporters after conceding to Congressman Chris Collins in 2018 midterm election. November 7, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Even though Congressman Chris Collins was named the unofficial winner for New York's 27th Congressional District after last week's midterm elections, his democratic challenger Nate McMurray is holding onto hope that he can pull off the upset using absentee ballots.

McMurray traveled to Washington this week to attend new member orientation sessions.

Six of the eight counties in Western New York that represent the 27th congressional district already began the canvassing, or official count, of the votes, which include the absentee ballots. Those counties include Ontario, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Livingston, and Monroe Counties.

Wednesday will feature the largest canvassing number by a single county so far. Niagara County will begin counting its 2,500 absentee ballots. 

"We're going to start the process at 9:30 a.m. and that could take a few days to get through all the ballots," Niagara County GOP Commissioner of the Board of Elections Jennifer Sandonato told WBEN. "We'll open up all the ballots that are to be counted and run them through a scanner. After, we'll take the memory card from that scanner and turn it into our election result file. We'll process the report to get our full tally."

Sandonato said candidates could object to anything related to the ballots on Tuesday. During the counting process, she said it's "to be determined" whether or not campaign officials will be on hand for the vote-counting process. 

Livingston County counted over 1,100 absentee votes on election night. 

"Anything that comes in after election night and is postmarked and timely, we'll be counting them starting November 19," David DiPasquale, Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections for Livingston County said.

McMurray trails Collins by approximately 2,910 votes. With about 15,000 absentee votes on the table, McMurray will need to win roughly 70 percent of the absentee votes in order to officially defeat Collins, though analysts predicts its unlikely. 

Erie County has about 7,400 absentee ballots. They will begin counting those ballots next Tuesday. 


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