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Paper ballot count likely to end today

The count of the paper ballots from the Sept. 13 primary election should be finished sometime today, Erie County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward said Thursday.

Thursday's count saw Republican John J. Mills declared the winner by a comfortable margin over Patrick J. Keem in the Conservative Party primary in the 13th Legislative District.

Results from Clarence are only partially tabulated, Ward said. Challenger John Schrock, who already has the Democratic nomination, was making a strong showing against incumbent 4th District Republican Legislator Michael Ranzenhofer in the GOP primary. "Schrock may get 35 to 40 percent," Ward said.

Write-ins produced a tie in the race for the Conservative Party line in the 11th Legislative District. Challenger Brian Krauss received 52 write-in votes, matching the machine vote total for incumbent Lynn Marinelli, who had endorsement from party leaders.

"The district is half in the Town of Tonawanda and half in Buffalo," Ward said. "Krauss apparently hooked on to [Buffalo mayoral candidate Kevin] Helfer's write-in effort."

Ward said that the votes will be recanvassed and, if the race still is tied, a vacancy will be declared. It will be up to party leaders to fill the vacancy, he noted.

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