Restaino expressed confidence late Tuesday that he would be the victor once all the votes were tallied. He also acknowledged Tuesday evening that problems in tabulating votes at the Niagara County Board of Elections left the final result of what he described as a “cliffhanger” race in doubt.
“With as much as we know, we are in the slightest of leads,” Restaino told a group of supporters who gathered with him Tuesday night at the American Legion Fredrick F. Cadille Post No. 1664 at the City Market.
As votes trickled in slowly Tuesday night in to Wednesday morning, though, Ceretto edged into the lead.
Despite his election night confidence, Restaino now needs the remaining absentee votes to break nearly 2 to 1 in his favor to oust Ceretto.
The district covers Lewiston, Niagara Falls, Wheatfield, Grand Island and a small portion of North Tonawanda.