Collins' challenger says he didn't concede
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democrat Nate McMurray says he wasn't conceding his race against indicted Republican Congressman Chris Collins when he told supporters on election night he was falling "a little short."
With the western New York race still too close to call and thousands of absentee ballots uncounted, McMurray told reporters Wednesday he is still fighting.
Collins declared victory shortly after McMurray gave an emotional speech that surprised race callers who'd yet to declare a winner.
McMurray says it was the media that called it a concession.
Collins' adviser Christopher Grant says the results were close but decisive. He predicted the roughly 10,000 absentee ballots won't change the outcome.
Unofficial results give Collins a 2,800-vote lead.
Win or lose, Collins faces trial in 2020 on charges of insider trading. He has pleaded not guilty.