Congressman Chris Collins: Indictment to Election

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Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Democrat Nate McMurray reluctantly conceded his race against Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th Congressional District. However, the concession included an angry series of blasts at the incumbent and a vow to "fight like hell" to involve the public in politics.

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Democrat Nate McMurray is still not conceding his race against incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th District.

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Incumbent Republican Chris Collins has declared victory after the absentee and emergency ballot count in Erie County kept in him in a very slim lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

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Ballots are still being counted in New York's 27 District, but that didn't stop Democratic candidate Nate McMurray from heading to Washington D.C. for new member orientation.

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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.

Rep. Chris Collins: Indictment to Election

Nov 6, 2018
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The following is a montage of WBFO's coverage of Rep. Chris Collins on Election Night 2018.


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.

Through a series of redistricting efforts, what is now called New York's 27th Congressional District has changed considerably through the years. Remaining at its core are the so-called GLOW counties--Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming. Representing the district for nearly 20 years in Congress was a native son, Barber Conable. Now, with a spotlight on the legal troubles of the district's current Congressman Chris Collins, Conable's esteemed career merits reflection.


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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.

Congressman Chris Collins has kept a low profile since he was indicted on charges of insider trading. While silence may be a preferred legal strategy, it's not the standard approach for a congressman seeking reelection. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy was able to make contact last week and sought answers on a number of issues.  Collins said he decided to stay in the race because he didn't believe he could get his name off the ballot, but McCarthy says Republican Party officials are refuting that claim.


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Just two out of the three candidates in the 27th Congressional District race turned out for a debate Tuesday at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda.

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In a speech quoting poet William Butler Yeats and President Ronald Reagan, former Vice President Joe Biden told a University at Buffalo audience political leaders have to "lower the temperature" of politics.

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A couple hundred people showed up to Wednesday’s conservative rally in Elma, featuring former Trump Administration chief strategist Steve Bannon. For most Western New Yorkers, it was their first time seeing Bannon in person.

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One of the architects behind Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Steve Bannon, will be in Elma for a "Get Out the Vote Rally" on Oct. 24 at the Jamison Road Fire Hall. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Political Consultant Michael Caputo, who has been working with Bannon on about 30 close Republican races nationwide this midterm election and said people will start gathering at 4:30 p.m.


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A new poll gives Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Collins a slim lead over his Democratic challenger Nate McMurray in the 27th Congressional District.

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A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.

In trying to understand the diverse views found across the New York's massive 27th Congressional District, The Batavian is a good place to start.  In 10 years, the website has developed a loyal following of readers who often engage in spirited debate on an array of topics ranging from the philosophical to the parochial. The site has become a must-stop for candidates looking to connect with voters, but the recent silence of embattled Rep. Chris Collins has prompted the Batavian to break from its standard policy. Publisher Howard Owens says they will no longer post Collins' press releases until the congressman agrees to another interview.


Deadlines to confirm attendance for a debate this month between Republican congressman Chris Collins and his Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray have not been met by the Collins campaign, leading to the debate's cancellation.

Three months ago, Chris Collins was expected to cruise to reelection in November. That was before the congressman was indicted on insider trading charges and announced he was suspending his campaign. Collins, of course, reversed that decision, stating that he would "actively" campaign in the 27th district. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, that activity has featured some limited public appearances and  heavy spending on political advertising, including one commercial which has raised the ire of ethnic groups and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.


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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) has announced that despite an indictment and earlier statements to the contrary, he will now continue to campaign for re-election and will not resign if successful in November.

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Indicted congressman Chris Collins will remain on the ballot in the November election in the 27th District.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) says his last day in office will be Dec. 31, as charges of insider trading against him have essentially ended his political career and reputation. He says what he does next will not be politics.

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The troubles continue to mount for Rep. Chris Collins. The House Ethics Committee has established an Investigative Subcommittee to review the charges against Collins outlined in a federal indictment. It's a serious development, so say two Washington observers who follow congressional matters. They also note the Justice Department has requested the Subcommittee delay its investigation until the federal charges are resolved. That conclusion may come after Collins, who has suspended his reelection campaign, is out of office.

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State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced Monday he is no longer in the running to replace Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District.

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Chanting, protest signs and marchers. It was all in Eden last night as several dozen people appeared to oppose a rumored plan to place indicted Congressman Chris Collins onto the town ballot. It's a move which would allow Republican leaders to remove Collins from the November ballot and boost the party's chances of retaining the 27th Congressional District.


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Republican county chairs from across the 27th Congressional District say they have three weeks to decide who they want to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot.  They spent much of Tuesday huddled at Batavia Downs discussing the issue and hearing from nine potential candidates.


The saga of the race to replace Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) on the November ballot is continuing, with time running short.

As names continue to surface for possible Republican candidates for the 27th Congressional district, the seat currently held by Rep. Chris Collins, one elected official has announced he will not be a candidate.

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Republican Party chairs from the eight counties in the 27th congressional district spent three hours talking Tuesday night about how to get indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) off the November ballot and find a replacement.

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While Republican leaders in the eight counties of New York's 27th Congressional District go about trying to replace Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence), Democrats are planning to fight any changes to the November ballot.

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