Updated: June 24, 2020 07:12 AM
Created: June 23, 2020 11:44 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Chris Jacobs's campaign has declared victory in the Special Election for New York's 27th District and the Republican Primary for the same district.
Jacobs currently holds 69% of the vote, a 32,000 lead over the Democratic Candidate for the Special Election, Nate McMurray.
Despite the large margin, this could still come down to absentee votes and McMurray has not conceded yet. His campaign said there were 95,000 absentee ballot requests. While around 75,000 have already been mailed in, the final results may not be available until July 1 at the earliest.
"We're not going to let them steal the election," McMurray said. "So we are going to make sure that every single vote is counted. We know that these people have a lot of money. We're grassroots. We're as grassroots as it gets. We're in an old fashioned bug here. Every single penny counted to us and we have done our best to budget and prepare for every single vote."
Despite McMurray's optimism, Jacobs is confident in his lead.
"There's going to be a lot more work cut out for them now over the next two weeks to process those absentee ballots, but I think we educated the voters and I feel very good about our chances here."
Jacobs is also currently winning the Republican Primary for the 27th.
He's currently beating out fellow republicans Beth Parlato and Stefan Mychajliw with 71% of the vote. The winner will face McMurray in the general election in November.
Mychajliw, issued the following statement at around 10 p.m. Tuesday, conceding the Primary Election to Jacobs:
“I called Chris Jacobs a few minutes ago to congratulate him on his victory in the Republican Primary. I’m thankful for the support I’ve received in this race. We said it was important to let voters decide, and they have. While not victorious, I’m proud of the race we ran. We stayed above the fray, and ran a positive campaign on the issues. I’m a loyal Republican – always have been, always will be. Just like I have in the past, I will work hard to keep NY-27 in Republican hands in November."
Republican Primary Candidate Beth Parlato has not released a statement as of Wednesday morning.
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