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Audio: DelMonte calls Accardo 'spoiler' in 138th Assembly district race

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.”

--Aaron Besecker

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