Nate McMurray Conceded to Chris Collins, and Then it Got Interesting

Nov. 7, 2018
Congressional candidate Nate McMurray displays his frustration during his  concession speech at his campaign headquarters at Town Hall Plaza on South Park Avenue in Hamburg on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Congressional candidate Nate McMurray displays his frustration during his concession speech at his campaign headquarters at Town Hall Plaza on South Park Avenue in Hamburg on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican indicted on felony insider trading charges, narrowly won his bid for a fourth term Tuesday after one of the most unusual congressional campaigns in recent Western New York history.

At nearly 1 a.m., it got more unusual: Nathan McMurray, after earlier conceding defeat, called for a recount.

“After examining the numbers, the margin is 1 percent and the will of the voters must be heard,” the Grand Island town supervisor said in a statement.

Until McMurray’s statement, the story was that Collins, riding a 40,000-voter Republican advantage in New York’s 27th Congressional District, held on to his seat.
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