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Sen. John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in the chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he will be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.


The City of Buffalo's finances are not looking good after last year - and this fiscal year is not starting well.

When the state Legislature convenes for the 2019 session, one of the first items that’s expected to be voted on is the Reproductive Health Act. It would codify the abortion rights in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York state law.


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Two years out from a presidential election isn't stopping some Democrats from making their White House ambitions known, including New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who ran on a campaign that she would finish her term.

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Russia Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller picked up some unusual supporters Thursday, during a protest march in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. An alliance of groups sponsored the protest, which drew perhaps 1,000 marchers, as part of a nationwide effort.

Crews have started removing hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs that the federal government said the Cuomo administration installed illegally.

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It may be weeks before there is an official winner in the mud fight between Rep. Chris Collins and challenger Nate McMurray. The challenger says he is continuing the fight until the last ballot is counted.

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An Eden man has been sentenced for fatally shooting his mother last year. 

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For Nate McMurray, the Democratic challenger in the 27th Congressional District, the race is not over yet. He told WBFO this morning he will pursue a recount of votes in Tuesday's election which saw incumbent Chris Collins win by a few thousand votes and he will ask national Democratic Party officials for help in that cause. Beyond that issue, McMurray reflected on his long shot campaign in the most heavily Republican District in New York. Despite the results, he called the election "the greatest honor of my life."


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Re-election came easy for Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins, who beat challenger Renee Zeno by 45 percentage points. With his party now in control of the House of Representatives, Higgins expects quick work on legislation addressing improvements to healthcare and major investment in the nation's infrastructure. As for Republican President Donald Trump, Higgins is calling for more Congressional oversight, but doesn't want his colleagues to become obsessed with investigations. He wants special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation before deciding what should be done next.


Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns says he is ready for a full term, while Democratic challenger Angela Marinucci is not sure he actually won. Kearns' victory margin is about 5,600, but there are still 19,000 absentee ballots countywide.  

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The Seneca Nation has a new leader. Elected President Tuesday night was Rickey Armstrong Sr., a member of the Nation Council since 2014 and former President from 2002-2004.

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For Bob McCarthy, the veteran political reporter for the Buffalo News, Chris Collins' narrow reelection in the 27th Congressional District is one of the memorable sories of the 2018 election. However, he believes the most important development may be the Democratic Party regaining control of the state Senate. As McCarthy points out, with only one Democratic Senator in the region--Buffalo's Tim Kennedy--Upstate's clout in state government may continue to dwindle. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was awarded a third term in office by voters, who chose him by a wide margin over his opponents.

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Republican congressman Chris Collins narrowly won re-election against Democratic opponent Nate McMurray in New York's 27th District Tuesday. But McMurray, who initially conceded, now wants a recount.

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Tom Reed won his fourth term to Congress to represent New York’s 23rd district. Democratic opponent Tracy Mitrano conceded shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tueday to represent the district's 11 counties across the Southern Tier.

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Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress next year. House Democrats are projected to pick up enough GOP-held seats to take the majority in the House, according to The Associated Press. Senate Republicans are projected to maintain and perhaps expand their majority.

The results create a divided Capitol Hill next year and mean President Trump's plans for new tax cuts, tougher immigration legislation and changes to the Affordable Care Act will be blocked.

WBFO is following key local races in the 2018 Midterm Elections. See the results from local polls here.

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Election Day in New York's 27th Congressional District should have been a day of celebration for Republican Party officials. With the largest Republican Party enrollment of any district in the state, incumbent Chris Collins was expected to cruise to reelection. That course changed dramatically when legal troubles emerged for Collins. With polls indicating a close race, WBFO went to the district's heart, Batavia, to talk with voters.

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By Election Day, most voters have seen or heard a lot of negative political ads. The number of negative ads in federal races is up 60 percent this year from the 2014 midterms, according to The Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks broadcast political advertisements. But negative ads can have some useful features for voters.

Native Americans in North Dakota are facing an uphill challenge when it comes to their voting access rights. A recent change to that state’s voting law now requires all voters to have a street address listed on their ID – something many Native Americans living on North Dakota Reservations have never had. But what is the Native perspective on voting in American elections?


There are dozens of competitive races across the country that will determine control of the House, Senate and governors' seats. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House, Democrats need a net gain of two seats to flip the Senate and Democrats are expected to slice into Republicans' 33-16 advantage in governors' seats.

While some races have been at the center of attention--the 27th Congressional district, the race for Governor--the battle for control of the state Senate has been overlooked. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy expects many districts to be hotly contested. If a "blue wave" of Democratic voters turns out on Election Day, Republicans could lose control of the Senate and their party would have little influence on the legislative agenda in Albany.   


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