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There were mixed reactions Wednesday from New York's politicians and political parties on this year's election results.

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Erie County Board of Elections officials are still analyzing the impact of early voting, but Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr reports overall voter turnout Tuesday hit more than 35%. That is higher than the local elections four years ago.

Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats had a strong election night on Tuesday, leading the race for governor in Kentucky and taking back full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

Voters in four states head to the polls on Tuesday for general statewide elections of note. These off-year contests may not be as high profile as the 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be a year from now, but they could offer some important hints on how voters are feeling about President Trump, impeachment, guns and more.

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A lot of Erie County voters took advantage of the new early voting system to cast their ballots before Tuesday's Election Day.

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Voters with disabilities can get free rides to their polling place on Election Day.

The state’s new early voting system doesn’t begin until Saturday, but some lawmakers and voting rights advocates already want changes to the law.

The fourth Democratic debate was a long one, about three hours, and ended after 11 p.m. ET.

You might not have made it through the whole thing, but there were some potentially consequential moments.

Here are six takeaways:

1. The scrutiny came for Warren, and her vulnerabilities were exposed some

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was under fire Tuesday night from several opponents, and when that happens to a candidate, you know they're a front-runner.

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A televised debate Wednesday evening started with a fight over the difference between the tax rate and the tax levy, and eventually turned into an argument about PhotoShopped photos used in campaign ads. The campaign for Erie County Executive has been getting progressively rougher as Election Day approaches.

New York State is relaxing party enrollment deadlines to make it easier to cast a ballot in primary elections.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Israel to carry out what he said is an economic mission. However, Cuomo said the trip also has a personal focus.

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A Cornell University teacher and Univision Polling Director told an audience Tuesday night at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site that Latinx are very diverse in many ways. However, a new poll from his television network found they seem heavily united in one way.

Tuesday is Primary Election Day, when New York's new electoral process approved in Albany kicks in.

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The state’s Democratic Party leaders have voted to greatly shorten the lead time before voters can register to cast a ballot in the 2020 Presidential primaries.

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When the Buffalo School Board assembles in early July to elect its officers, there will be four new members around the nine-member table.

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The next few years of the Buffalo Public Schools system are being decided Tuesday and it is close to a complete mystery how it will turn out.

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020.

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Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has spent more than a month traveling around the country to gauge support for a 2020 presidential campaign, and the New York senator says she is now officially in the race.

Bernie Sanders filed Monday to be a candidate for the Senate in 2024 — as an independent.

But last month, Sanders filed as a Democrat for president.

It's not unusual for candidates to file with the Federal Election Commission for re-election to their current office, which allows them to begin raising money. Most candidates file shortly after Election Day, in fact.

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Just as the latest winter storm hit Western New York, campaign activists hit the streets looking for signatures for the new spring election.

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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has announced her candidacy for Erie County Executive.

Candidates for elected office and their supporters will begin knocking on doors Tuesday, as the 2019 designating petition schedule gets underway.

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All nine Buffalo School Board seats are on the voting machine this year, but when will voters cast their ballots? The election is scheduled for May 7, but a local coalition is pushing for a change.

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Boards of elections across New York State will be going to their county governments fairly soon to get extra cash to pay for elections this year, elections much changed by Albany and with more changes to come.

Updated at 5:11 p.m. ET

Roger Stone, the longtime Republican political operator and confidant of President Trump, was arrested on Friday after being indicted on seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.

Stone appeared at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He did not enter a plea. He was released on $250,000 bond and with travel restrictions that confine him to South Florida, New York City and the Washington, D.C., area.

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New York State will soon join most other states in allowing voters to cast a ballot before election day.

The Democratic-led New York State Legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned on Monday to implement early voting in the state and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also will release his budget proposal.

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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.

Two political operatives in Erie County have pleaded guilty to election law crimes.

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