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Gallahan takes lead into absentee ballot counts in 131st primary

New York State Board of Elections is reporting that with 29 of 111 districts reporting Manchester Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan holds a 200 vote lead in the primary to appear on the Republican line of the 131st Assembly contest this fall.

Gallahan received 42% of the vote from the district, which includes Ontario and Seneca counties. Former Canandaigua City Councilor Cindy Wade was in second place with 24% of the vote, while Seneca County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Shipley claimed 20% of ballots cast. Ann Marie Heizmann collected 7% of votes cast on Tuesday.

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“Thanks to my amazing wife of 41 years, Lynn, my family, friends, campaign volunteers and all of my supporters,” Gallahan said in a message Wendesday morning. He claimed victory in that message, despite there being absentee ballots to count. “[Tuesday’s] victory sent a loud and clear message to Governor Cuomo and the radical progressives, UPSTATE MATTERS. I look forward to the counting of the remaining absentee ballots so we can move forward to victory in November.”

A total of 1,494 ballots had been cast on Tuesday, with 800 coming from Ontario County and 694 coming from Seneca.