11-8-11: Courtesy of WIVB. In a race both candidates said they knew would be a close one, Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz has edged out Republican incumbent Chris Collins to become Erie County Executive. Early on, as results started coming in, Collins and Poloncarz were neck-and-neck. However, as more districts reported their votes, Poloncarz gained a slow but steady lead over Collins, eventually pulling away and becoming the clear victor in this race. News 4’s Rich Newberg was at Poloncarz’ campaign headquarters while News 4’s Luke Moretti stayed at Collins’ campaign headquarters. Watch the video to hear what was being said in each location.