There is still no official winner in the race for the 27th Congressional District, Chris Collins declared victory a week ago but Nate McMurray continues to fight. He is waiting for thousands of absentee ballots to be counted. McMurray said members of Congress invited him to congressional orientation.

A Democrat hoping to represent many families in Western New York is in Washington, D.C. even though he may not get the chance to serve as a congressman.

That Democrat is Nate McMurray. He is still holding out, hoping he beat Republican Chris Collins in the midterm elections.

While there is still no official winner in the race for the 27th Congressional District, Collins declared victory a week ago but McMurray continues to fight. He is waiting for thousands of absentee ballots to be counted.

That process starts Tuesday. Local boards of elections will start counting those absentee ballots, about 15,000 of them, while also reviewing provisional ballots.

Collins still holds about 3,000 vote lead over his challenger McMurray. The Democrat is still going to Capitol Hill for congressional orientation.

McMurray said members of Congress invited him.

“The worst thing to happen is for someone like me to be declared a winner and then to be behind,” McMurray said. “We know Mr. Collins will be involved in litigation throughout the course of that term if he wins but at the same time I would have to be prepared to do my duties."

Collins is still facing charges for an insider trading case. While that trial is not expected to start until 2020, the Republican plans to focus on serving constituents in his district.

Some absentee ballots will be counted this week, but the Buffalo News reports the Erie County Board of Elections will not start until Nov. 20.