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19K absentee ballots will decide Erie County Clerk race


Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns says he is ready for a full term, while Democratic challenger Angela Marinucci is not sure he actually won. Kearns' victory margin is about 5,600, but there are still 19,000 absentee ballots countywide.  

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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns declared a republican victory at GOP victory party Tuesday night.

Absentee ballots usually wind up with about the same results as those cast in the polling places, but they do have to be counted to see.

Tuesday night before a crowd at Democratic Party headquarters, Marinucci was excited about her campaign support.

"It wasn't just me. It was all four corners of this amazing county," Marinucci said. "It's my friends in Springville, my friends in Concord and my friends across the county, Angola, everywhere that has been there for me, has supported me and given me so much strength to do this. I am a mom. I'm also an attorney. I'm a hard worker and I'm excited to be your next Erie County clerk (applause)."

The post has been bounced around in recent years, after Kathy Hochul left to serve in Congress.

At Republican campaign headquarters, Kearns talked about his plans for the full term and how important the County Clerk position is to county finances.

"Elections are tough (crowd voice: Tell me about it.) You're right. They are not easy - and when you win an election, especially a countywide election, it takes a lot of support. It takes a lot of support. It takes a lot of people who put their heart and soul into an election," Kearns said.

Kearns also noted what he called the "tough race" run by Marinucci, a first-time candidate.

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.
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