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Well into the evening on Tuesday, supporters of mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder hoped their guy had a chance to win. Vote totals seemed to take so long to come in. However, by the end of the night, it became clear their candidate had lost.

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The Democratic primary election for Buffalo Mayor is Tuesday and the tension in the race seemed to make Wednesday night's debate in the WNED|WBFO studio a little angrier.

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Central New York Republican State Sen. John DeFrancisco has been traveling around upstate meeting with members of his party to discuss the possibility of him running for governor next year. DeFrancisco said there is discontent with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on both sides of the aisle.

It may sound like a Broadway musical, but New York State voters this November get to decide whether to stage a "Con Con" that could have a much greater impact.

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With the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor only four weeks away, incumbent Byron Brown has a substantial lead over competitors City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

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Democrat Erin Cole does not consider herself a political person, but has been on a career track to run for political office for quite some time. The 46-year-old said the timing is now right for a run, and she intends to take on Clarence Republican Chris Collins.

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Four mayoral candidates had at least one thing in common Thursday night: attacking Mayor Byron Brown. They gathered in a mayoral forum at Buffalo's Central Library.

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While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

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Bills to improve voter access advanced in a New York State Senate committee, but their ultimate passage is uncertain.

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Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

NPR Election Day Live Blog

Nov 8, 2016

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

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New York is poised to elect Hillary Clinton for president and give Chuck Schumer a fourth term as U.S. senator, but down-ballot races for Congress and state Senate are less certain.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election day is less than 24 hours away. As tens of millions of voters stream to the polls, millions more have already cast their ballots in one of the nastiest presidential races in American history. In Erie County, Democrats and Republicans are making their final pushes.


In upstate, the minimum wage is at $9, but will rise to $12.50 by the end of 2020. It is an issue that affects many across upstate, from farmers and small business owners to the workers themselves.

Anthony Emmi is the general manager of Emmi and Sons Farm in Baldwinsville, just outside of Syracuse. Among the crops are tomatoes, squash and peppers.

"I raise about seven acres now, the bell peppers," Emmi said. "I started cutting back, we were at 72 acres. We used to ship up and down the East Coast. Now, New York state is it."

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A new survey conducted by payroll services company Paychex of small business owners looks at how those entrepreneurs are looking at major issues in the presidential election. CEO Marty Mucci says not all of the people they surveyed are consistent in what kinds of changes they would like to see.

New York’s restrictive voter access rules came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s Presidential primary. And some are saying there’s a need for changes.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken measures to establish a leadership election in October.

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Erie County Democrats gathered on Saturday to listen as Hillary Clinton entered into the official beginning of her run for the presidency. Until now, the Clinton campaign has been in what’s referred to as a "ramp-up" phase.

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In a Twitter post, just after midnight on Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his intention to run for president in the 2016 race.

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The New York State Board of Elections is reminding residents that today is the final day to register to vote in the November 4th elections.

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The success of Proposition Number One, the ballot amendment to expand casino gambling, and the failure of the last amendment, to allow judges to serve until age 80, are both wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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With the election four weeks away, New York's Republican chairman  Ed Cox says things are looking good for his party, no matter what public polls say.

While the national attention may be on the presidential race, for politicians the most important races can be down ballot. Those are the U.S. Senate and Congressional races, and in New York the state legislative races.

There is a wild card this year with re-districting leaving many voters and candidates slightly disconnected by new boundary lines.

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The man credited with making George W. Bush president says Mitt Romney will be the next president. Karl Rove says Rommey is making a better case for election than President Obama is making for re-election.   

Rove spoke to a packed house at Canisius College Monday night in Buffalo. 

Rove was senior advisor to President George W. Bush and a veteran of many years of political wars in Texas and nationally.