In a statement Wednesday afternoon, a day after Board of Elections officials said Nate McMurray would likely fail in his bid to defeat Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District, McMurray says he will consider a recount in the race.
In the statement, the Democratic candidate writes, “Right now, it appears that the difference is less than 0.5%, a margin that would, in many counties and states, trigger an automatic recount. We will confer with our attorneys and review the numbers to determine our next course of action.”
Tuesday, after a count of absentee and emergency ballots, officials said Collins maintained a slim lead of 1,384 votes in the race with some ballots left to count. But, election officials said it was “mathematically improbable” that McMurray would be able to overtake Collins with the remaining ballots.
Collins later claimed victory in the race, with his staff saying: “First and foremost, we want to thank the election teams from all eight counties – Democrat and Republican – for continuing to demonstrate how a fair and proper election should be conducted.”
However, in his statement, McMurray questioned the process, writing: “We have seen extensive irregularities in the voting process, especially pertaining to absentee ballots, and there are issues that need to be addressed not only for this election but for all elections in the future to ensure voters are not disenfranchised and that every voice is heard. With this election, we are setting the stage for years to come.”
McMurray says he will announce his plans to move forward in the race next week after the holiday.