John J. Flynn Jr. of the Town of Tonawanda appears headed to victory in the Democratic Party primary for Erie County district attorney, with 77 percent of the election districts counted.
Flynn, the candidate backed by party leaders, is taking 45 percent of the vote compared to 41 percent for Michael J. Flaherty Jr., the acting district attorney who took over the office after the departure of Frank A. Sedita III, who now serves as a State Supreme Court judge.
Mark A. Sacha has polled at about 14 percent through the evening.
Flynn, however, is not likely to win the Conservative Party primary, as he had hoped. He is losing to Conservative Party member Joseph V. Treanor, 58 percent to 42 percent.
Treanor, a retired Air Force colonel who served as a military lawyer during a 28-year career, will head to November’s general election with the Conservative, Republican and Independence lines, as well as the Reform Party line.
Flynn, should his lead hold, will run as the Democratic nominee, and he will have the Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.