Incumbent Francine DelMonte finished third in a three-way race for the 138th State Assembly district seat, with Republican John D. Ceretto winning the seat, according to unofficial results.
In a phone interview with The Buffalo News, the five-term incumbent blamed John G. Accardo -- the former Niagara Falls councilman who beat DelMonte in the Democratic primary -- for her loss.
Listen to a portion of the interview here:
Here's what Accardo said in a phone interview about DelMonte staying in the race on the Working Families line after losing in the primary:
“I think it affected the results, I think that was the whole race right there. She simply took enough votes away from me to deny me, or deny a Democrat that seat," Accardo said. "So she was successful, and I congratulate John Ceretto because John ran a great race. He’s going to make a very good representative for us in the state Assembly. So I congratulate him, I’m happy for him tonight and I’ll give him all the support I can as our next state Assemblyman.”