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Buerkle & Maffei ready for the votes to be close

Ellen Abbott
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The candidates for central New York's 24th congressional district both say they are ready for election results that could be too close to call tonight. The latest Siena College poll on Saturday showed Democrat candidate Dan Maffei tied with incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle at 44 percent.

Maffei said after he voted early this morning the race will be very close, but that he's confident of his get-out-the-vote efforts.

The one thing people have been telling me in the past few days is ‘hey Dan, you look tired.’ Well that’s a good thing. You should be tired at this stage in a campaign. We really gave it our all. Not just me, not just my family, not just my friends, but literally thousands of volunteers. We’re leaving nothing on the table," said Maffei.

Meanwhile Buerkle said after voting today that she hopes to know the results tonight after polls close.  But if not, she says she's confident that if the race comes down to absentee ballots they will break her way.

"If it comes down to absentees, we're good.  We had a great absentee ballot program, and we have the advantage with enrollment with the number of absentees, so we're optimistic," said the congresswoman.

Two years ago, Buerkle took the seat from then-Congressman Maffei by 648 votes, in a race that wasn't decided for three weeks while absentees were counted.

Also in the race this time around is Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum. This morning, Maffei dismissed concerns Rozum could ruin his chances of reclaiming the seat by drawing votes away from him.

The 24th district includes Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne Counties, and the western end of Oswego County.