Despite widespread media reports, Bernie Tolbert has not and will not conceded this election to Sheriff Howard until all votes are counted and certified.

Tolbert Statement:

I placed a call to Sheriff Howard earlier this morning to congratulate him on a hard-fought election and also to tell him that, given the extraordinary closeness of the race, I believe it is prudent and sensible to await the official vote certification by the Erie County Board of Elections, which includes the tally of all absentee ballots and affadivits, to determine the final outcome.

Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign, who marched with us, rang doorbells, made phone calls, watched the polls, and rallied voters. I am blessed to have your support.

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