The Democrat is calling for the count after his apparent loss to Rep. Chris Collins

Two hours after Democrat Nate McMurray seemed to indicate in his speech that his opponent was winning the 27th Congressional District seat, the Democrat asked for a recount because the final numbers showed him down by less than 3,000 votes.

However, on Wednesday during a press conference, McMurray says he misspoke, saying he just wants all of the votes counted.

McMurray says there are about 18,000 votes unaccounted for. Collins' campaign seems to say it's half that number, but McMurray wants those votes counted.

He says it's a large number of votes that could put him above Collins. He also says if the margin was flipped in favor of him over Collins, he believes the Republican would be fighting for the same exact thing.

McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor, said the reason why this fight is so important is because he believes voters deserve better than an indicted politician. Collins has been indicted on federal insider trading charges.

"This is a very common procedure. Like they normally do, they're trying to make something that's very normal look strange and things that are very, very strange, like running on an indictment, look normal but we have to remember what normal really is. Normal is, in America we count every vote," stated McMurray.

The Democrat ended by saying Collins claims he wants to represent the people, but took a jab at the fact that he didn't even speak at his own press conference earlier on Wednesday addressing this same issue.

At that conference, Collins' campaign advisor Chris Grant said, "What Mr. McMurray is trying to do here is, he's trying to steal the results of the election. He's trying to steal that from the will of the voters. He's trying to put it in the hands of a judge."

Grant said he is not worried that a count of absentee ballots would change the election outcome. He noted that to win, "Mr. McMurray would have to win something like 70 percent of the absentee ballot, over perform his Election Day performance by more than 50 percent."

On Wednesday, Grant added, "Last night's results were close but they were decisive."

By law, the Boards of Elections in each county certify the voting machines. And they make the results official by Thanksgiving.

There are still roughly 10,000 absentee ballots in the 27th District that have to be counted.

So here's what happens now:

Every county in the 27th District — including Monroe, Ontario, Livingston and Genesee — have to collect and count every absentee ballot.

Many of the ballots were filled out and returned by Election Day. But as long as they are postmarked prior to Wednesday Nov.7, the absentee ballots can arrive as late as next Tuesday.

Some counties won't start counting until then.

Four years ago, former Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini was several hundred votes behind the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. It took more than a week to count the absentee votes.

"It ended with a call from Board of Elections saying we've counted the absentees, you're about 860 votes short," Assini recalled.

Attorney Jim Walsh from Albany, an expert on elections in New York, said a recount doesn't mean all 300,000-plus ballots cast are countied. Walsh says they audit three percent of voting machines and if they match the vote total on paper, the election is good.

Walsh said the 3,000-vote differential  tells me the person with the 3,000-vote lead is in a very significant position. That's an awful lot of votes to have to try to overcome. I have not seen that type of lead go away as you go and re-canvas."