Still No Official Winner in NY 60th Senate District Race

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM EDT

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November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Most of the ballots have been counted and republican challenger Mark Grisanti is still showing a decent lead in the race, but still a winner cannot be declared.

At least another major step was made toward knowing who will win New York's 60th Senate District as the Erie County Board of Elections wrapped up its ballot count Tuesday night. Grisanti continues to lead democratic incumbent Antoine Thompson by more than 500 votes, but still a winner cannot be announced just yet. "The Board of Elections is not making any determinations or declarations at this time. There are a number of ballots that have been objected to by both sides," Dennis Ward, with the County Board of Elections, said.

"Both sides will meet, say their arguments, see if these ballots that are objected to are in fact valid or invalid and go from there," Doug Curella, Grisanti's spokesperson, said.

In terms of the court proceedings, those are expected to take place on Monday in Niagara County. Officials are hoping to have an elected candidate before the start of the term on January 1st.

Eyewitness News did try to get in touch with Antoine Thompson during Tuesday night but no calls were returned.