Democrat Samra Brouk declares victory over Republican Christopher Missick for NYS Senate 55

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Democrat Samra Brouk has declared victory over Republican Christopher Missick in the race for the New York State Senate’s 55th district.

With 100% of precincts reported, Brouk held a narrow lead — 52.5% to Missick’s 47.8%. Brouk pointed to the edge that Monroe County Democrats have in absentees submitted, which won’t begin to be counted until November 16.

Monroe County Board of Elections officials reported that 47,675 registered Democrats in the county submitted absentee ballots, compared to 20,489 for registered county Republicans.

Missick’s campaign released the following statement:

Every legitimate vote must be counted and I plan to monitor the process of counting absentee ballots. That said, it’s clear that my opponent is ahead and I don’t expect the result to change. I’m incredibly proud of our campaign and I see this result as a beginning for me not an ending.

Regardless of who ultimately prevails, the winner of the election will take over for longtime New York State Sen. Rich Funke, who announced in December that he would not be seeking re-election.

MORE | WATCH: Brouk vs. Missick, New York State Senate candidates for 55th District debate

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