Ann Marie Buerkle surges into lead over Dan Maffei in NY-25 congressional race

This one will be decided by absentee ballots (read Military personnel overseas) in the end. Keep an eye on the local voter board to make sure they do not play games with these ballots! Ann Marie is from the district and represents our values.

From the Syracuse Post Standard
Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 5:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 5:58 PM
Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard

Syracuse, NY — Republican Ann Marie Buerkle surged ahead of U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei by 659 votes this afternoon in the 25th Congressional District race after Wayne County reported its unofficial results.

Buerkle sealed her victory in the western part of the district with a convincing win in Wayne County, trouncing Maffei 15,429 (63 percent) to 9,191 (37 percent), according to returns Wayne County released at about 5:30 p.m.

Before Wayne County reported its results — more than 20 hours after polls closed — Maffei held on to a slim lead of about 5,600 votes from the other three counties in the district.

Now the two candidates are separated by 659 votes, meaning absentee ballots will decide the election over the next two weeks.

Maffei entered the day with 89,744 votes (52 percent) to Buerkle’s 84,165 votes (48 percent), according to unofficial election returns compiled by The Post-Standard.

After Wayne County reported, the new vote total is 99,594 or 50.17 percent for Buerkle and 98,935 or 49.83 percent for Maffei.

Wayne County did not report results Tuesday night because of delays in reporting from most of its precincts.

Officials at the Wayne County Board of Elections blamed the delay on new system where voting machines and printouts of their results were picked up by trucks before inspectors could phone in results.

Jack Bailey, the county’s Democratic elections commissioner, said only 17 of the 67 precincts were able to phone in results Tuesday night. He said many inspectors received busy signals when they tried to get through one of the six phone lines to the Wayne County Board of Elections.