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Buffalo, NY – As election day nears, voter rights and voter fraud have become central themes of the presidential campaign. The third-party voter registration group ACORN is a primary Republican target. The group is accused of collecting thousands of fraudulent voter registrations. WBFO's talked with Terrance Flynn, the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York about whether voters here need to be concerned.

Buffalo, NY – Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain meet in their second debate Tuesday night. It will be a town hall style event in Nashville, Tennessee.

The debate could be key for Senator McCain, who has seen his poll numbers drop in the last couple of weeks. James Campbell is a professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – A nationally-recognized political strategist will talk about political ads Wednesday night at Canisius College.

Joe Slade White began his political career working for the McGovern campaign for president in 1972. He has served as a media consultant to 27 campaigns through the years. Twenty-one of them resulted in victory.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo High School students are being encouraged to register to vote for this fall's presidential election. UB, Buffalo Public Schools and Kids Voting Western New York are teaming up to find young eligible voters.

Kids Voting Western New York converged on 12 Buffalo Public Schools Thursday looking for teens old enough to vote. The voting registration effort kicked off at Hutch Tech High School.

Buffalo, NY – The race for the sprawling 26th Congressional District seat now centers on Republican Chris Lee and the surprise winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary, Alice Kryzan.

Lee announced his candidacy last spring. He has been running TV ads to keep his name before voters. But much of the attention was on the Democratic candidates who were running in Tuesday's primary. Now that Kryzan has won that contest, Lee says he's ready to step up his campaign.

Buffalo, NY – It's primary day in New York, and it's a busy one. There are a number of contested races today -- the biggest in the 26th congressional district.

Buffalo, NY – Republicans will likely focus on national security while Democrats will address economic issues in the presidential campaign, according to University of Buffalo Assistant Professor of Political Science Joshua Dyck.

"The Republican Party will talk about the economy, but they'll only talk about it in terms of tax cuts. Then, they'll switch and say that the most important issue in this election is national security... that's an issue they own, that they poll well on," Dyck said.

Buffalo, NY – GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is winning high praise from Republican delegates following a rousing speech to them Wednesday night at the party convention in Minnesota.

University at Buffalo Political Scientist Josh Dyck says Palin came out swinging, not only against Barack Obama, but against the media.

Buffalo, NY – Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin will be in the national spotlight Wednesday night as she accepts her party's nomination. A University at Buffalo political scientist says the speech will be an important one as she tries to introduce herself to the American people.

UB's James Campbell says John McCain's selection of the Alaskan governor as his running mate was a huge surprise. Campbell says it's hard to know how this will play out.

Buffalo, NY – Hurricane Gustav is playing havoc at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Out of respect to victims of the storm, most of Monday's convention activities were suspended. Now going into the convention, Erie County Executive Chris Collins was scheduled to deliver a four minute speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is among the local democrats who traveled to Denver to attend the Democratic National Convention. Brown says he participated in round-table discussions as part of convention events.

Brown says the round table discussions included other U.S. Mayors. They discussed urban issues and needs of cities. Brown says it offered him a chance to bring forward some of the concerns of the Buffalo community.

Buffalo, NY – The leader of Erie County's Democratic Party says the Democratic National Convention was a blend of history, excitement, emotion and growth for the future.

County Democratic chairman Lenihan has been in Denver all week attending the Convention. He talked with WBFO'S Eileen Buckley about what's next for the party as they leave the convention on united front.

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Buffalo, NY –
The leader of Erie County's Democratic Party says he thought Tuesday night's speech by U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, at the Democratic National Convention, was spectacular.

Fresh off the excitement of the speech, Chairman Len Lenihan reached the WBFO Newsroom by cell phone from Denver.

Lenihan says he believes Clinton accomplished the task of creating unity to support Barack Obama.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is officially supporting Barack Obama. Brown will be leaving for Denver on Monday to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Mayor Brown was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. But after she dropped out as a presidential contender, Brown turned his support to Obama.

Cheektowaga, NY – As the Democratic National Convention approaches, talk continues to surface on who Barack Obama will select to be his running mate.

According to reports, Obama has dwindle the list down to four names, that includes U-S Senator Hillary Clinton. A long-time Clinton supporter appeared in Cheektowaga Tuesday and was asked to weigh-in on the topic.

Buffalo, NY – There's been some criticism of the major television networks this week for sending their top news anchors overseas to cover Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Critics say Republican John McCain has not received similar coverage during his foreign trips.

Buffalo, NY – Republican Presidential candidate John McCain is coming to Buffalo Monday night.

McCain will attend two fundraising events, one at the private home of Anthony H. Gioia and another at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. McCain is expected to raise more money on this stop than any other political candidate ever has in Buffalo, more than one million dollars.

Buffalo, NY – There is now a fourth candidate seeking the Democratic party nomination in the 26th congressional district. Erie County Legislator Kathy Konst of Lancaster officially announced Wednesday.

Konst joins a race that already includes Akron businessman Jack Davis, endorsed Democrat Jonathan Powers and Amherst attorney Alice Kryzan. Davis, who has run and lost in this district twice previously, is pledging to spend $3 million of his own money this time.

Konst says she believes she can win with much less.

Buffalo, NY – From "Saturday Night Live" to "You Tube," the candidates are pulling out all the stops in this year's presidential campaign. But history was filled with colorful campaigns, long before the media played a role. In a new exhibit, the Buffalo History Society takes a look back at "Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies."

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Buffalo, NY – The media will be out in force Tuesday covering the Indiana and North Carolina presidential primaries. But just how well are they doing in what's turned out to be a marathon primary season.

Buffalo, NY – Republicans don't like primaries. That was clearly evident yesterday when the top brass of the Erie County GOP helped Amherst businessman Christopher Lee officially launch his candidacy less than 48 hours after they were supporting someone else.

Buffalo, NY – It's Super Tuesday, part two. Presidential primaries are being held in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.

WBFO's Mark Scott has been following this year's presidential race with University at Buffalo political science professor James Campbell. We reached him at his North Campus office on Monday.

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