Race to the finish in the 54th District

A long, heated contest to fill the state Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Michael Nozzolio could end Tuesday when voters in the 54th district take to the polls. If the general election is anything like September’s primary, which was too close to call on primary night, voters may have to wait until all the absentee ballots are counted to know the final outcome.

Three candidates will split the votes in the six-county district that stretches across the Finger Lakes, including much of Ontario County and all of Wayne. Democrat Kenan Baldridge, supervisor for the town of Rose, will face off against two Republicans vying for the seat: Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming, on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, and Ontario County businessman Floyd Rayburn, who is on the Reform line.

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