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Kennedy pulling ahead in vote count

State Senator Tim Kennedy's margin is rising slowly as absentee, affidavit, and military ballots are counted in the very tight race.

The race for the Senate seat spreading across Cheektowaga, Lackawanna and Buffalo has been tight since the ballot count began on September 13.

With a voter turnout far above the usual for a primary election, Kennedy came out of the unofficial voting machine count 271 votes ahead of County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant.

The official count put him 91 votes ahead.

Now, with more than 1,200 other ballots being counted, Kennedy is 282 votes ahead with an estimated 251 ballots left to count.

This is the end-game for the two candidates since there is no Republican on the November ballot making this primary the count on who will go to Albany in January.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.