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Election 2017 offered another display of Erie County's counterintuitive voting habits. Despite a larger base of Democratic registrants, three county races went to Republicans. Those victories, however, were offset by the defeat of a GOP incumbent in the county legislature, giving Democrats majority control as of January 1. "Anything can happen here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition. "That's why it's so interesting to watch."


A payment of $50,000 to an unidentified woman by Sam Hoyt, the former head of the state regional economic developmental agency, to secure a confidentiality agreement is sparking controversy. In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Bob McCarthy reviews his reporting on the matter. The timeline raises questions of whether high-level state officials were aware of the situation; and, if so, why did they not act upon it earlier?


The heavy presence of political signs littered about Hamburg, Amherst and Lancaster reveal hotly-contested races for key positions in those towns. It's a different story in Buffalo as Primary Day essentially determined which Democrats would hold key city offices. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, those trends may boost Republicans to victory in three countywide races.


Western New York proved to be productive ground Wednesday for Vice President Mike Pence. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy reports, Pence attended a fundraiser at Salvatore's that earned $400,000 for Republican Party efforts. The visit also featured a discussion with local small businesses who heard Pence pitch the benefits of the Trump Administration's tax overhaul plan, a proposal that has been blasted by the leaders of New York State's Democratic Party.


For many years, local Democratic Party candidates sought the endorsement of the Conservative Party. According to  Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the endorsement boosted vote totals and served to separate a candidate's identity from downstate Democrats. That trend is fading, apparently with encouragement from local Democratic officials.


Democrats enjoy a significant edge over Republicans in Erie County when it comes to party affiliations among registered voters. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy analyzed during his weekly discussion with WBFO, that advantage often comes up short on Election Day. Republicans are favored to hold onto three countywide posts in November: County Clerk, County Comptroller and Sheriff.


Though former State Senator George Maziarz is the one facing corruption charges in an upcoming trial, many of the familiar leaders of Niagara County politics could be injured.  In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the trial will feature testimony and evidence that could harm some political careers.

Throughout their campaign challenges to Mayor Byron Brown, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant hammered away at the lack of economic progress in many Buffalo neighborhoods. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the message resonated but, in the end, Brown's organization and record were good enough to earn a victory in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.


While Donald Trump's victory in the Presidential election came as a surprise to many, there was one local Republican figure who believed in Trump's possibilities from the start. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, developer Carl Paladino "saw something that nobody else did, including the pollsters."


The Presidential election is less than a week away, but Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes there's enough time for voter sentiments to sway again in what has been a topsy-turvy race. During his weekly conversation with WBFO, McCarthy wonders if Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls will translate into Electoral College success.


Political advertising paid for by "outside forces" is starting to inundate the race in the 60th Senate district. That's according to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who says the two major parties believe winning the district could lead to control of the State Senate.


As Donald Trump rails about a rigged election, he continues to drift from the message that originally boosted his candidacy. That's the view of Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who believes Trump would be better served to emphasize his status as a political outsider who can be an agent of change in the White House.


Republican Governor Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine provided many lively exchanges during Tuesday night's Vice-Presidential debate. For Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the candidates displayed a command of the issues while providing the substance that was lacking in the first Presidential debate.


Three contests gathered a majority of attention during Tuesday's primaries.  The contests for Erie County District Attorney, the 60th Senate District and the 143rd Assembly seat featured quality candidates and heavy spending. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy offered perspective during WBFO's Morning Edition.


Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy is getting ready to head home after four days of covering the Democratic National Convention. In a conversation with WBFO Friday morning, he talked about his overall impressions of the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo's primetime address and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.


As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, two former mayors of New York City discussed the merits of the two rival candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy joined us from Philadelphia this morning with his impressions of Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to New York as a "progressive bellwether for the nation" after speaking to the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. Is "liberal" no longer a dirty word in politics? That's one of the topics we discussed with Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, reporting from the DNC in Philadelphia.


The Democratic National Convention is off to a rocky start after leaked emails over the weekend showed the national party showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy weighed in on Day One of the closely-watched convention from Philadelphia.


With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 


Ted Cruz may have been looking to build his future prospects when he avoided endorsing Donald Trump during last night's speech at the Republican Convention. However, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells WBFO, the Texas Senator likely alienated his biggest supporter in Western New York.


As the enthusiasm builds behind Donald Trump during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland, party faithful from the Empire State may be enjoying the moment more than most. "It's a very special place for the New York delegation," said Buffalo News Political reporter Bob McCarthy, who shared his observations earlier on WBFO's Morning Edition.


While accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech dominated the analysis of day one of the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it was just one of many noteworthy events.


Local businessman Carl Paladino offered his support early for Donald Trump's unconventional Presidential campaign. Now, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy sees it, Paladino has an insider's role as Trump earns the nomination at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.


While the state's political winds seem to be behind Donald Trump, former Governor George Pataki reversed course with his endorsement of Ohio's John Kasich. It was one of many developments observed by Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy at Thursday night's Republican Gala in New York City.


Republicans could lose control of the Erie County Legislature on Election Day. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes two races will determine who will be the majority party.


The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


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The 2014 Election is in the books.  WBFO's Jay Moran talked with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the winners, losers and what to expect going forward.


McCarthy sees some Election Day surprises

Oct 29, 2014
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A tight race is winding down in the 143rd Assembly District where two candidates are vying for the seat once held by Dennis Gabryszak. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says Republicans are feeling confident in a district that has been a Democratic stronghold for many years. 

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Oct 22, 2014
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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

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