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WBFO's Mike Desmond

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.

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.


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Western New Yorkers are going to the polls for what is expected to be a lightly attended primary election. A hotly contested race for Erie County District Attorney is on the ballot, along with State Senate, Assembly and judicial delegates.

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Though the presidential election gets the most attention, a fast-approaching primary election is on the minds of local party leaders as they maneuver for control of the state legislature.


New York’s presidential primary is in the political spotlight Tuesday. The Erie County Board of Elections says local voting has run smoothly and voter turnout appears to be its highest in years.

Though they didn't produce Primary Day upsets at the top of the Democratic ticket, gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout did earn 35 percent of the vote, Lieutenant Governor hopeful Tim Wu, 40 percent.

While the gubernatorial struggle between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout has been the most high profile, there are many Primary Day battles that could spark big voter turnouts today.

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With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day.

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It is Primary Day 2013 across New York State. In Erie County polls opened for voters at 6 a.m. Among the races of note are Democratic primaries for Buffalo Mayor and Erie County Sheriff.

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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says Chris Collins showed "great confidence" as he swept aside David Bellavia in the Republican primary in the 27th Congressional District.

That confidence, McCarthy says, comes from the Collins' campaign understanding of the newly-formed 27th district. Tuesday's vote showed Collins winning easily in the towns of Erie County where Republican enrollment is high.

Tuesday is election day, one of several this year in New York State.

The primary election schedule for this year included presidential primaries April 24 with almost no one voting, Tuesday's Republican senatorial and congressional primaries, and local and state votes September 13.

That was supposed to be September 11 but the date was changed to a Thursday because Tuesday was the anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11.

And, or course there is a presidential election November 6.

The state’s September primary is going to be delayed by two days, now that the legislature has agreed to move the date from Tuesday September 11th to Thursday September 13th.

Legislative leaders say firefighter groups and others who plan annual memorials for September 11th requested that the scheduled primary be delayed two days, until Thursday September 13th, and they have agreed.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes the World Trade Center site where the planes hit the towers on September 11th 2001, says it was the right thing to do.