2016 Presidential Election

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen acknowledged on Thursday that he schemed to rig online polls that sought to make Trump seem like a more plausible presidential candidate.

The story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. In a tweet following the report, Cohen said he sought to help Trump's political aspirations, having been directed by the candidate.

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The unending saga of the Russians and the 2016 election is continuing to spin. A local man involved in Republican politics is now telling a House committee and special counsel he met with a Russian offering to sell dirt on Hillary Clinton, but he had forgotten about it until recently.

Hillary Clinton to visit Buffalo in September

Aug 28, 2017
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be traveling to Buffalo late next month.  Clinton will be conducting a book signing at Larkin Square on Thursday, September 28th at 12:30 p.m.  It will be presented the Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves Books.

FBI Director James Comey lit the fuse Monday on a political time bomb and no one — including him — knows how long it will take to burn or what kind of damage it may cause when it goes off.

Comey confirmed to members of Congress that his investigators are looking into possible collusion between the campaign that elected President Trump and the Russian government. In fact, he said, the FBI has been doing so since last July.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Duffy

Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States. Usually this is a mere formality, but anti-Donald Trump forces are trying one last time to deny him the White House.

5 Things You Should Know About The Electoral College

Dec 19, 2016

Electors from the 50 states will convene in their state capitols Monday and cast their votes for president. Republican Donald Trump is assured of a victory, unless there is a massive — and totally unexpected — defection by the electors who are pledged to support him.

Here are five things you should know about the Electoral College:

1. How do you get to be an elector?

President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to like suggestions that his victory over Hillary Clinton was anything but huge.

Trump made false claims that Clinton's lead in the popular vote was due to illegal voting.

He has chafed at recount efforts in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — even though such recounts pose no risk to Trump's victory, since he won those states by tens of thousands of votes.

Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will participate in the recount efforts in Wisconsin spearheaded by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. If Stein also pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, as she has pledged, the Clinton campaign will participate in those efforts, as well.

The recount in Wisconsin could begin as early as next week.

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Canisius College in Buffalo has suspended students involved in an incident of a black baby doll found on campus earlier this week.    

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday, but when Donald Trump takes office in January, what could we expect from his administration? A panel of professors at the University at Buffalo took questions regarding the forthcoming arrival of the Trump Administration.


Black doll with noose found in Canisius dorm building

Nov 9, 2016
WBFO News photo from a Facebook post

The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning a disturbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a campus dorm building.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's believed to be in response to the result of the presidential election and spoke with two students.

What will Trump mean for the Great Lakes?

Nov 9, 2016

Donald Trump's election victory came with plenty of support from the Great Lakes region -- unofficial returns show him winning five of the eight states.

But in the aftermath of the election, environmental advocates were trying to determine how his presidency will affect the region, especially in light of his pledge to defund the Environmental Protection Agency.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins was the first congressional leader to support Donald Trump for his campaign. Collins appeared at the Erie County Republican Party campaign event Tuesday night in downtown Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Collins about not backing down in his support of Trump and how republicans will maintain control in the Congress. 

Traditionally, the media puts coverage of political polls on hold on Election Day, and only begins reporting on exit polls after the polls have closed. This year, though, a number of newer outlets are planning to cover projections throughout the day.

Votecastr, a partnership between Slate and Vice News, will provide coverage of the race in part by tracking the number of people who have voted at particular polling stations.

Cuomo rallies for Democratic vote in Buffalo

Nov 6, 2016
WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election Day is on the horizon and candidates from each party are using their resources to gain the most support at the polls.

Cuomo to visit Buffalo before Election

Nov 5, 2016
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With only days before the Presidential election politicians are making their rounds to encourage support at the polls.

Speaking at a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton told the story of a leukemia patient named Steven who "ditched his oxygen tank," as Clinton told it, to vote early.

"If Steven can do that, nobody has any excuses," she chided the crowd.

The Clinton camp is putting a hard push on to turn out the vote before Nov. 8. The number of people taking advantage of early voting could hit record levels this year. Here's a primer on early voting:

1. How many people will vote early this year?

Investigators were looking into why a charter aircraft carrying Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and more than 40 others slid off the runway Thursday night while landing at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens.

NPR's Scott Detrow reports that Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, and everyone else on board was safe after the jet touched down in stormy weather and just kept going.

This evening's face-off between the 2016 vice presidential hopefuls certainly won't have the pizzazz — or inevitable enmity — that last week's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had.

Collins tapped to second Trump's nomination in Cleveland

Jul 19, 2016
Karen Dewitt, WBFO Albany Correspondent

He was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump in the race for the White House. On Day Two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Chris Collins will have the honor of seconding the motion that turns Trump from a "presumptive" nominee into the party's official candidate.


Donald Trump has officially introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

"I've found the leader who will help us deliver a safe society and a prosperous, really prosperous society for all Americans," Trump said at a campaign event in New York Saturday. "Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice."

Trump spoke at length about his admiration for Pence's record in Indiana. "He's really got the skills of a highly talented executive," he said.

On Saturday Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner made a Statement on Donald Trump selection of Mike Pence as VP pick:
 

Schneiderman announces hotline for voters

Jun 26, 2016
photo by Ashley Hassett

On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a hotline that will reduce and resolve a number of election day problems.

GaryJohnson2016.com

Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter who loathes the thought of backing Hillary Clinton? Perhaps you're a Republican who can't bring yourself to pick Donald Trump? The Libertarian Party believes there are plenty of you out there, and are sending a message: our candidate and platform have plenty to offer both your camps.


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On the eve of Tuesday's presidential primaries, before she had officially clinched enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, national media were declaring Hillary Clinton the presumptive winner of that party's nod. But Bernie Sanders supporters, including a Buffalo campaign organizer, say as long as he's still in the race, they're still behind him.

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One predicts the party membership will eventually come around, while the another suggests his candidate can win without establishment support. But two local Republican congressmen are urging their GOP peers to end their reluctance and get behind the party's presumed presidential nominee, Donald Trump.


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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Now that the winners of the New York Primary have been determined, leaders of both major political parties will focus on preparing a roster of delegates for their respective national conventions.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Republicans who are backing Donald Trump's presidential bid had plenty to smile about on Primary Night. Trump's local numbers exceeded expectations on a night when nearly half of the county's registered Republican voters came out to vote.


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