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Chris Jacobs is cleared of voter fraud accusations

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jun 19, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Chris Jacobs, the Republican candidate for the special election and primary in New York's 27th Congressional District, has been cleared of voter fraud allegations.

District Attorney John Flynn says he has "nowhere near" enough evidence to support the claims levied against Jacobs.

"I have nowhere near the evidence that I need to go into court and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a sham residence, nowhere near it, it's not even close, quite frankly," Flynn said.

Jacobs is running against Democratic candidate Nathan McMurray in a special election to fill the seat in Congress, which was vacated by former Congressman Chris Collins amid his insider trading scandal. He is also running in the Republican primary.

A complaint to Flynn's office accused Jacobs of registering to vote in the congressional district, but living outside of it.

Flynn's investigation found that Jacobs lives in Orchard Park, but cares for his mother at a home he owns in Buffalo.