Kennedy Leads Grant by 91 Votes in State Senate Primary

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - State Senator Tim Kennedy's 271 point lead over challenger Betty Jean Grant is Thursday's Democratic Primary for the 63rd State Senate seat may have seemed tight, but by late Friday it was comfortable compared to what the lead shrunk to the next day.

Kennedy is now just 91 points ahead of his rival. The incumbent is now in dangerous territory of losing his seat with more than 1,100 absentee ballots still waiting to be counted.

How close is the race?

"It's close," said Democratic Commissioner of the Erie County Board of Elections, Dennis Ward.

"I don't think there's any doubt about that. The statistical probability of any changes? We can leave that up to the statisticians," he said.

That was when Kennedy's lead was broader. By the end of the day, when computer analysis of voting machines was performed, the lead was reduced by nearly 66 percent.

The absentee and military ballots will not be counted until Thursday.

Kennedy's campaign is confident the margin will grow wider once the absentee ballots are counted.

"There's votes to be counted. We're confident that the lead that we have is going to stand up," Kennedy said following Thursday night's tight win.

But Grant is not throwing in the towel.

"There's a recount. I'm calling for a recount. There are absentee ballots still out there ...and also emergency ballot votes," said Grant.