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Failed write-in effort puts Demler off ballot

Robert B. Cliffe held two minor-party lines in Tuesday's primary, turning back write-in challenges by incumbent Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler, Niagara County Republican Election Commissioner Scott P. Kiedrowski said Wednesday.

While Cliffe, whose name was the only one on the voting machine for the Independence and Conservative primaries, received more than 70 votes in each, only 28 write-ins were cast on the Independence line and 13 on the Conservative line. The write-in losses mean Demler, who lost the Republican primary to Cliffe, will have no place in the Nov. 3 general election.

Democratic supervisor nominee Sam Conti held the Working Families line for November, as no write-ins were cast against him.

In Lewiston, the potential of a tie exists for two of the three minor-party lines.

Supervisor Fred M. Newlin II, who won the Democratic primary over Kathryn S. Lake Mazierski, has a chance to win on the Independence line, too. Mazierski drew 14 votes on the machines, but Kiedrowski said 14 write-ins were cast and as many as six absentee ballots are still out.

A similar situation holds on the Working Families line, where Steven L. Reiter, the Republican candidate, drew six write-ins, while there were six machine votes for Newlin. Two absentee ballots are in the mix, too. Party leaders choose the November candidate in case of ties.

Reiter did hold the Conservative line with 15 votes to three write-ins for Newlin.

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