November 26, 2018 11:17 AM
Despite being under federal indictment, Congressman Chris Collins is going to officially win re-election over Democrat Nate McMurray.
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean was the only local reporter at the Erie County Board of Elections when the final count was made.
McMurray won the absentee ballot race but he lost the overall race.
Here are the votes counted in Erie County on Tuesday:
McMurray got more than 3,200 absentee and emergency votes.
Collins got more than 2,400.
McMurray gained 847 votes but Collins' lead was too big.
His lead before Tuesday's count was 2,241. His lead after the count is 1,384.
"At this point, it looks like it's mathematically impossible or improbable for Nathan McMurray to overtake the lead that Congressman Collins had on election night," said Ralph Mohr, Republican commissioner for the Erie County Board of Elections.
They're going to count affidavit ballots on Wednesday, but there are not enough of them to change this election.
Despite the math, both candidates say they're waiting to make a statement until Wednesday.
Here is the final Erie County Emergency & absentee ballot count in NY 27 Collins vs McMurray:— Berkeley Brean (@whec_bbrean) November 20, 2018
Total votes: 5,997
Difference before the count: 2,422 for Collins.
Difference now: 1,384 for Collins. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/YPxEOcqxD5
Updated: November 26, 2018 11:17 AM
Created: November 20, 2018 05:57 PM
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