One of the midstate's congressional districts has been in Republican hands for the past six years. Republican Tom Marino has handily beat Democrats in the past two elections in the 10th Congressional District, with more than 60 percent of the vote. 

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It looks like U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer will be re-elected to a fourth term on Nov. 8, barring any major turn of events. He’s about 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is: Will Schumer be the next Senate minority leader or majority leader? 

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(WRVO) Republican Rep. John Katko and Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon had their first televised debate Tuesday on Time Warner Cable News. The two candidates clashed on a number of national issues including how to defeat ISIS. Deacon said using ground troops should be a last resort. Katko said he would only support ground troops if the generals said that is what they need. 

(WRVO) The two candidates running in the 24th Congressional District converged in Auburn Wednesday to separately address the issue of toxins in Owasco Lake in Cayuga County, each trying to position themselves as better equipped to handle the problem that's affecting drinking water for voters in the region. 

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress, where New York has several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority. 

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Governor Cuomo took a step deeper into the partisan politics of the State Senate Tuesday night, telling two Democratic factions they’ll have to work together if the November elections go their way. 


(WRVO) A contentious Republican primary is spilling over into the general election race in New York's 54th State Senate District.

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At a campaign event Tuesday, Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced she’ll join with Suffolk County, New York in a lawsuit against the makers of opioid painkillers. 

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(WRVO) The race for the 22nd Congressional District, which includes all or parts of 8 counties in central New York and the Southern Tier, is considered to be one of the most competitive in the nation. That's partially due to the presence of a surprisingly strong third-party candidate, Martin Babinec. But high polling numbers are just one of the candidate's assets in this campaign. 

(Philadelphia) -- GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty met in Philadelphia Monday night for a second and final debate. 


Republican Assemblyman Gary Finch will face a rematch in New York’s 126th Assembly District as he runs for re-election against Democratic challenger Diane Dwire again. The two candidates share similar concerns on the big issues facing the district.

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With less than three weeks before elections, Hillary Clinton is even further ahead of Donald Trump in New York State. 

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The incumbent in Binghamton’s Assembly District 123 faced her Republican challenger over lunch Tuesday.  Democrat Donna Lupardo and the GOP’s Dorollo Nixon met in a candidates forum hosted Tuesday by the Binghamton Rotary Club.  

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(Pittsburgh) - This is an election season in which the unpopularity of both major party presidential nominees has had an outsize effect on down-ballot races. Monday's contentious US Senate debate between GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty was no exception. 

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When it comes to Beltway politics, all eyes are on the Pennsylvania Senate race. The tight contest between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty could help decide which party controls the Senate. 

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With American Airlines pulling out of the Binghamton and Elmira airports, both candidates in the 52nd state senate district say it might be time to consider a single regional airport.  Small airports currently serve Ithaca, Elmira and Binghamton.  Incumbent Republican Fred Akshar says combining such airports into a larger facility is worth consideration.

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(WRVO) The discord over the presidential election continues to filter down into a race for Congress in central New York. The question of whether freshman Republican Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) would support Donald Trump continues to dog the campaign for the 24th Congressional District.

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When Dauphin County Voter Registration Director Jerry Feaser got to work Tuesday morning, there were over two thousand online voter applications waiting to be processed. 

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At a a candidates’ forum hosted today by the Binghamton Rotary Club, the spotlight was on the 52nd New York State Senate District. Incumbent Republican Fred Ackshar faces a challenge from Democrat Sharon Ball.  Both contenders were present.

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Democrats in New York are trying to keep the heat on Republicans running for office in the wake of coarse remarks made by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump in a leaked video. 

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The Democratic candidate running in New York's 24th Congressional District, Colleen Deacon, advocated for a progressive environmental agenda while in Oswego with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam), the former president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Monday. 

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The past weekend kicked off with the release of tape showing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump describing making aggressive sexual advances on women. It closed with a venomous debate between Trump and Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. 

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The Donald Trump coalition has seen several national-level shakeups following the release of tape showing Trump making sexually aggressive comments. A handful of top Republicans have jumped ship and retracted endorsements; others have refused to campaign with him.

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New York State is touting online voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles this year, noting that more people then ever used the online system last month. However, with the deadline to register just days away, local Board of Election officials suggest potential voters be wary of it, and to make sure they get registered pick up or download a registration form and mail it in.

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Republican Rep. John Katko said he will not be voting for his party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, after sexually aggressive comments Trump made about women in 2005 were leaked. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many condemning Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump for his statements in the 2005 incident, where Trump spoke of women in vulgar terms, and described actions that  many view as sexual assault.

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  This election cycle has revealed America's discontent with government, and, increasingly, winning primary elections means candidates must creep further away from center, appealing to voters on the extremes. 

For Binghamton University's TIER Talks: Our Political System on Life Support, we explore the health of our political system through a series of lectures.

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(Harrisburg) -- Anyone watching Pennsylvania's polls may have noticed some shifts lately. Republican Donald Trump is down across the board this week--an average of Pennsylvania polls has him trailing by more than seven points.

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(Keystone Crossroads) Imani Sullivan waited patiently. From her seat near the back of a mostly empty Temple University auditorium, she listened to the handful of anti-poverty advocates on stage for a panel coinciding with July’s Democratic National Convention.