Two hours after Democrat Nate McMurray seemed to indicate in his speech that his opponent was winning the 27th Congressional District seat, the Democrat asked for a recount because the final numbers showed him down by less than 3,000 votes.
However, on Wednesday during a press conference, McMurray says he misspoke, saying he just wants all of the votes counted.
McMurray says there are about 18,000 votes unaccounted for. Collins’ campaign seems to say it’s half that number, but McMurray wants those votes counted.
He says it’s a large number of votes that could put him above Collins. He also says if the margin was flipped in favor of him over Collins, he believes the Republican would be fighting for the same exact thing.
McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor, said the reason why this fight is so important is because he believes voters deserve better than an indicted politician. Collins has been indicted on federal insider trading charges.
“This is a very common procedure. Like they normally do, they’re trying to make something that’s very normal look strange and things that are very, very strange, like running on an indictment, look normal but we have to remember what normal really is. Normal is, in America we count every vote,” stated McMurray.
The Democrat ended by saying Collins claims he wants to represent the people, but took a jab at the fact that he didn’t even speak at his own press conference earlier on Wednesday addressing this same issue.
At that conference, Collins’ campaign advisor Chris Grant said, “What Mr. McMurray is trying to do here is, he’s trying to steal the results of the election. He’s trying to steal that from the will of the voters. He’s trying to put it in the hands of a judge.”