BUFFALO (AP) - The race to fill a vacant New York state Assembly seat in western New York is too close to call.
With 87 percent of the vote counted, Republican Raymond Walter held a lead of 653 votes over Democrat Craig Bucki (BUCK'-eye) in the race to replace Republican James Hayes, according to unofficial results.
There are thousands of absentee ballots still to be counted.
The seat that includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties, had been held for 12 years by Hayes, who retired in September to take a job in the private sector.
The special election was the only state Legislature seat up for grabs Tuesday night.