McMurray reverses course, demands recount after initially conceding to indicted incumbent Collins

Posted at 11:21 PM, Nov 06, 2018

22 minutes was all it took for Nate McMurray to go from describing election night as a "setback," to challenging the results of the election.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, not long after he sent out a statement summarizing the concession he made late Tuesday night, and hours after requesting that ballots across the district be impounded, McMurray tweeted this:

As of 1:30 a.m., with 99 percent of the election districts in NY's 27th Congressional District reporting, Rep. Chris Collins held a 2,980 vote lead over McMurray. 

The Collins campaign brushed off McMurray's demand shortly after he made it.

"After tearfully conceding and recognizing his own defeat, Nate McMurray is once again dancing to the tune of the angry mob that just can't accept the will of the voters," a campaign spokesperson said in an e-mail to 7 Eyewitness News. "Congressman Collins is looking forward to serving NY-27 as he always as." 

Speaking with media from a victory party at Big Dog Strategies in downtown Buffalo, the indicted incumbent said part of his winning strategy was avoiding the media. His team would regularly dismiss or decline requests for interviews with the candidate. 

The Republican's victorious election night comes despite what he calls a "black cloud" of federal insider trading charges hanging over his head, which he denies.

Collins says his ability to represent NY-27 will not be impacted by his legal troubles.

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