Corwin Campaign Wins Court Order in Special Election

May 24, 2011 Updated May 24, 2011 at 10:45 PM EDT

By John Borsa

May 24, 2011 Updated May 24, 2011 at 10:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Jane Corwin's campaign obtained a court order on Tuesday that was delivered to all seven county elections boards in the 26th congressional district.

The order, granted by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, prevents elections officials from certifying the results of Tuesday's special election and orders the absentee and military ballots impounded.

“We have anticipated a very close election from the start, and the action taken today is standard procedure and very typical in close campaigns," said a Corwin campaign spokesperson. "Our campaign’s goal is to ensure that every legal vote cast is properly counted accurately and fairly.”

Campaigns often involve the courts in close races, although seeking a judge's assistance usually takes place after poll results start coming in, said Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis, a former Erie County GOP Committee Chairman.

Corwin, a Republican, faced off against Democrat Kathy Hochul and third party candidate Jack Davis in the race to replace former Congressman Chris Lee, who resigned from the seat earlier in the year.

At 10p.m. Tuesday night, Eyewitness News analyst Bob Davis predicted first on Channel 7 that Democrat Kathy Hochul won the race against Corwin.

Stay with Eyewitness News for continuing coverage on the outcome of the race.