Republican Chris Collins declared victory in a very close race against democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul in the 27th Congressional District. The Associated Press declared Collins the winner after midnight -- with 51-percent of the vote to Hochul's 49-percent. But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Hochul didn't concede until a couple of hours later.
Although a recent Siena poll shows that republican incumbent Mark Grisanti has a 2-to-1 lead over his democratic opponent in the 60th state Senate race, a debate was held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore Wednesday.
But WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports asked if Swanick is considered a spoiler in this three-way race.
With Election Day getting closer, the Erie County Board of Elections is dealing with an avalanche of absentee ballot applications and the problems of getting absentee ballots to the military overseas because of problems in Albany.
County Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr tells WBFO News there may be as many as 26,000 absentee ballots going out by the end of the elections season.
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.