Democratic Representatives Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter were given a campaign boost with a visit from President Clinton on Friday.
Clinton was in Rochester, speaking on behalf of the candidates at the Main Street Armory. The President's speech focused on the need for bipartisanship and how Democrats are willing to work across the aisle. He also supported the Democratic approach to the economy and to healthcare.
Clinton's visit was spearheaded by efforts made by former Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard Lenihan.
The candidates in the 27th Congressional District, Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins (R), met for their first debate Tuesday evening at the WNED studios in downtown Buffalo.
Hochul and Collins sparred in a 50-minute debate moderated by WBFO News Director Jim Ranney. The candidates took questions from three area journalists: Bob McCarthy of The Buffalo News, Claudine Ewing of WGRZ-TV and Julie Phillip of WXXI in Rochester, as well as e-mailers.
A veteran of many panels at area political debates, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes Tuesday night's debate between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins was one of the best he has witnessed.
McCarthy was among the panelists at the studios of WNED-TV who posed questions to the candidates in the race for the 27th Congressional district.
As McCarthy sees it, both candidates were very clear in their positions and avoided many of the platitudes that bring little value to political discussions.
A new Siena Research Institute poll shows that the race between Chris Collins and Kathy Hochul for the 27th Congressional District seat is a dead heat.
A polling of more than 600 voters shows each candidate to be favored by 47 percent, making the 6 percent of undecided voters the key to the coming election. These numbers remain consistent with a survey conducted over the summer.
The poll was sponsored by The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV.