Final Votes Being Tallied in 2 Tight NY Congressional Races

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L-R: Congressional candidates Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican
Chris Collins (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes/Ron Edmonds, File)

The outcome of the New York congressional race between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray is expected to become clearer as elections officials in the district’s largest county tally the final ballots.

Erie County officials expect to count more than 5,500 absentee ballots, along with more than 1,000 affidavit and emergency ballots, on Tuesday. That’s about half of all absentee and other ballots cast in the eight western New York counties of the 27th Congressional District.

Collins led by fewer than 3,000 votes on election night. He has pleaded not guilty while facing a 2020 trial on insider trading charges.

A separate count continues in central New York, where Democrat Anthony Brindisi has a 3,000-vote lead over Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney. That count could finish as early as Wednesday.