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WBFO coverage of the 2011 elections.

Jacobs unofficial winner in County Clerk race

Maria Whyte
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett
Maria Whyte

The race for Erie County Clerk did not end last night with a clear winner.  But Tuesday morning, Jacobs has appeared to emerge as the unofficial winner.

With 98 percent of the vote tabulated, Republican candidate Christopher Jacobs leads with 51 percent to Democratic candidate Maria Whyte with 49 percent of the vote.

Whyte appeared at Democratic campaign headquarters Tuesday night at the Adam's Mark in Buffalo.
She spoke with reporters.

"I'm staying optimistic about the votes as they unfold and obviously I intend to hang right in there," said Whyte.

Jacobs did not speak Tuesday night at Republican Party Headquarters.  Absentee ballots and military votes will be counted to determine the winner in the County Clerk's race. The seat has been vacant since Democrat Kathy Hochul was elected to Congress.

One statewide race is still undecided.  The 148th Assembly district seat is up for grabs between Craig Bucki and Ray Walter.
Other country elections saw Tim Hougues, beat Barbara Miller Williams for a seat in the nearly created 1st Legislature District.  All the other sitting lawmakers won election to the body that was downsized from 15 to 11 members.