Race for Clerk: Too Close To Call

November 9, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 9, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - With over 8,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, the race for Erie County Clerk is still too close to call tonight.

The Erie County Board of Elections is showing Republican Chris Jacobs with a 39-hundred vote lead over Democrat Maria Whyte with all precincts reporting.

"There are a lot of votes left to be counted and though we are down we're certainly not mathematically eliminated," said Jeremy Toth, spokesman for Maria Whyte.

"You have to have my opponent get a dramatic amount of those over 70 percent to even begin to surpass what we have at this point in time," Chris Jacobs told Eyewitness News earlier this morning.

Republican Elections Commissioner, Ralph Mohr says "mathematically it's possible but what we have seen traditionally is the absentees as well as the provisional ballots follow along the similar path as votes in the general election."

Mohr says an official winner in this race could still be two or three weeks away. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News and WKBW.com for the latest in the race for Erie County Clerk.