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Election 2022: May declares victory; Conole decides to wait

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Isaiah Vazquez
The polls have closed in New York State and some races have been called.

Update 9:48 a.m.: Conole is still waiting for all votes to be counted for, but as of 3:08 a.m. Wednesday, Williams celebrated himself as the winner.

Update 11:56 p.m.: Conole will not declare victory until all the votes have been counted.

Update 11:52 p.m.: Three State Assembly Districts called.

Update 11:23 p.m.: Abbott concedes the race to May at Republican watch party.

Update 11:16 p.m.: Elise Stefanik reelected in 21st Congressional District.

Update 11:15 p.m.: Rachel May reelected for New York Senate seat.

Update 11:12 p.m.: Onondaga County GOP Chair interview.

Update 11:03 p.m.: WAER speaks with Assemblyman John Lemondes.

Update 10:50 p.m.: John Lemonades Jr. is currently leading the 126th District Assembly race against Bruce MacBain.

Update 10:45 p.m.: Toby Shelley has a small lead in the Onondaga County Sheriff race against Republican Esteban Gonzalez.

Update 10:35 p.m.: Conole's lead is lessening.

Update 10:19 p.m.: Early results for sheriff, Common Council 

It’s a tight race for Onondaga County Sheriff but unofficial returns from early and absentee voting show Democrat Toby Shelley has a slight lead. 

The Onondaga County Board of Elections website shows Shelley with about 52% of the vote to Republican Esteban Gonzalez’s 48%. 

In the race for Syracuse’s 5th Common Council District, Democrat Jimmy Monto has a significant lead over Republican Woody Carroll with 81% of the vote. 

Update 10:16 p.m.: Hochul off to hot start in gubernatorial race.

The race between Hochul and Zeldin is shown, with Hochul in the lead so far.
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Incumbent Governor Hochul has about 61% of the vote. On the other side, Republican Lee Zeldin has about 38% of the vote.

Update 9:50 p.m.: Early unofficial numbers coming in.

A poll from the New York State Board of Elections shows Francis Conole in the lead.
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Early unofficial election returns show Democrat Francis Conole with an early lead over Republican Brandon Williams in the race for the 22nd Congressional District. 

The New York State Board of Elections website shows Conole with about 56% of the vote, which does not yet include in-person ballots cast on Election Day. Meanwhile, the state site shows Williams with about 41%.

Update 9:31 p.m.: Supporters of Brandon Williams are streaming in to the Republican watch party.

Update 9:27 p.m.: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins reelection.

Update 9:21 p.m.: Candidates are arriving for the Democratic watch party.

Update 9:01 p.m.: Charles Schumer wins reelection to U.S. Senate from New York.

Update 9:00 p.m.: Polls have closed in New York.

Update 8:58 p.m.: Races to look out for

Update 8:32 p.m.: Republican Party preps for watch party at Embassy Suites at Destiny USA

Update 8:15 p.m.: Democratic Party HQ setup

Original story:

Election coverage starts tonight with special coverage on 88.3FM from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Live updates to come from social media as well as a live blog here on waer.org.

This is a developing story. Continue to check back for updates on the election. Follow live at @WAERNews on Twitter or @WAER883 on Instagram.

Matt Fairfax is an undergraduate student studying Broadcast & Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May 2023.
Danielle is an undergraduate student studying Magazine, News and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May of 2026. As a web writer, she helps manage online content for WAER. As a social media manager, she helps manage social media content for WAER. Danielle is from Southern California, and is both nervous and extremely excited for the snow! You can follow her @danielleblyn on Twitter!
Annabella is an undergraduate student studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May of 2024. As a web writer, she helps manage online content for WAER. She is from the Bay Area and recently moved to Colorado. You can follow her on Twitter @AnnabellaLeuzze.