BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- With a number of absentee ballots that still need to be counted, Republican candidate Chris Jacobs declared victory in both the special election and the Republican primary Tuesday.
Jacobs said if he didn’t believe the math was in his favor he wouldn’t be declaring a confident victory. He says he hopes challenger Nate McMurray is “honest with himself” and doesn’t wait to concede.
.@JacobsNY27 declares victory against @Nate_McMurray in the #NY27 special election & Stefan Mychajliw (who has conceded) and Beth Parlato in the primary election. His statement here ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/WIkaZnvRss— Marlee Tuskes (@MarleeTuskesTV) June 24, 2020
McMurray quickly responded to Jacobs declaration of victory by tweeting he was waiting for “every last ballot to be counted.”
Earlier in the night, Stefan Mychajiliw conceded to Jacobs in the Republican primary.
Challenger Beth Parlato responded to the results on Wednesday afternoon.
“I got in this race to give every voter in NY-27 a choice, and that is exactly what we did,” Parlato said. “Although not victorious, I am grateful for each and every vote, prayer and supporter. We ran a tough campaign, and I’m proud of all that were involved. I look forward to campaigning for President Trump as we fight harder than ever to protect our freedoms and conservative values.”