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Pennsylvania's US Senate race has emerged as one of the closest in the country, with Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty battling for tiny leads in state polls. In a speech Monday, Toomey worked to strike a delicate balance between appealing to his conservative base and not alienating moderates. Most importantly for that strategy, Toomey is still distancing himself from his own party's presidential nominee.

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Presidential Campaigns Discuss the Great Lakes

Sep 24, 2016
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(WXXI) Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump threw their support behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Thursday via surrogates speaking at a conference in Sandusky, Ohio. 

Fracking Billionaire Backs Trump

Sep 22, 2016

One of Donald Trump’s top energy top advisers warned an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would harm the drilling industry. Fracking billionaire Harold Hamm spoke to the Shale Insight Conference, telling the conference that he was impressed with Donald Trump when the two met while working on the Mitt Romney campaign, and that he thought Trump was the right choice for the oil and gas industry.

Green Party Candidate Woos Pennsylvania Students

Sep 22, 2016
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited Penn State Wednesday to ask for votes and volunteers. She talked to an audience of about 200 about her support for environmental movements, Black Lives Matter and free public education. Stein rejected the idea that voting for a third party was throwing away a vote. 

Why The Oil And Gas Industry Is Not Giving To Trump

Sep 21, 2016

One thing we can say about this year’s presidential election, it’s not following the rules of the game.  Take the oil and gas industry for example. Although Donald Trump is the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh this week, industry executives and employees have not been opening their wallets to the Republican nominee.

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A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters. Clinton holds a 21-point lead over Trump among likely New York voters in the Siena College poll, down from a 25-point lead one month ago.

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Two area Congressional races will have someone new in office, no matter the outcome: New York’s 19th, which includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, and the 22nd, which includes Binghamton and Cortland. Both races are rated as "toss-ups" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. 

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On a rainy Wednesday night, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence addressed about 400 fans at Kenworth of Pennsylvania, a trucking company outside Scranton. He stood between two large truck tractors, under a "Make America Great Again" banner, and discussed industry and integrity. 

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The results of a four-way primary for a New York Senate seat Tuesday night may help Republicans keep control of that house in the long run. 


Another chapter has unfolded quietly in the drawn-out battle over emails Democratic US Senate candidate Katie McGinty sent and received during her brief stint as Governor Tom Wolf's chief of staff.

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On a state primary day, and during a hotly contested presidential campaign, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday issued a somewhat nonpartisan message to New Yorkers: vote — or don’t complain about the results. 



For the first time in more than 20 years, the state senate seat in New York's 54th district is open. A crowded field of mostly Republican candidates are vying to replace longtime Republican State Sen. Mike Nozzolio, who's retiring. The district encompasses all or portions of Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins and Monroe counties.

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New York state’s Republican Party chairman is talking up Donald Trump and predicted that the GOP presidential candidate will do well in New York state.

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Death numbers from opioid overdoses have become a flash point in Broome County and it may factor into the race for county executive. 

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(WRVO) Democratic congressional candidate Kim Myers toured the Fenner Wind Farm in Madison County on Thursday calling for more renewable energy. Myers said she would support more tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy if she is elected.

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(Harrisburg) -- A new poll shows Donald Trump making up some lost ground in Pennsylvania, a state his campaign has labeled a must-win. Despite his gains over the last month, though, Clinton still leads by a healthy margin.

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Democrats in Tompkins County will have a chance to hear from candidates for the nomination for District Attorney tonight.


Tompkins County has to elect a new DA on a rushed schedule. That’s because Gwen Wilkinson resigned last month for health reasons. Her departure came so late that various party committees - not primary voters - will choose the nominees for the general election.

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Republican Donald Trump recently held a roundtable of top campaign officials and allies to discuss national security policy. Two conservative Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania—Tom Marino and Lou Barletta—took part.

Barletta in particular is known as a hard-liner on immigration.

As mayor of Hazelton—which he now represents in Congress—he led a broad, controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that hired them and landlords who rented to them.

He said he and Trump share a similar vision for national immigration policy.

It's been a rough summer for supporters of Donald Trump.

A convention that aimed for harmony had some disharmony. The candidate picked arguments with a Gold Star family and with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Polls have shown Trump falling behind.

At a recent rally in Altoona, Pa., Trump told the crowd that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania — a state where he is polling well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — would be in the event of a fix.

The Path To Presidential Victory In PA

Aug 19, 2016

Pennsylvania has a long history as an important swing state in presidential elections. But over the last decade, approximately, political shifts have kept the state swinging left again and again--Republicans haven't won Pennsylvania since 1988.


There’s more evidence that the presidential race may be affecting which party controls the New York State Senate. 


new poll that finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in New York could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate. 

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What do Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have in common? They both have roots in Scranton, and they both love talking about it. Biden poked fun at this tendency during his speech Monday at the Riverfront Sports venue in downtown Scranton. 

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In Altoona, Trump shared the spotlight with a number of special guests. After welcoming chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Preibus and Congressman Bill Shuster to the stage to give brief addresses, Trump turned to some local business leaders. 

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During this election season, Here & Now is tracking key U.S. Senate races. In Pennsylvania, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is trying to win a second term this year. He's facing a challenge from Democrat Katie McGinty, and he's also trying to figure out how to handle Donald Trump. 

Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) still hasn’t publicly endorsed Republican Donald Trump for president, and state party officials aren’t too happy about it.

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(WRVO) Republicans in central New York are still angry with Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) and his decision to back Democrat Hillary Clinton instead of Republican Donald Trump in the race for president.  

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(Harrisburg) -- With less than 100 days until Election Day, a new poll is showing that the Pennsylvania US Senate race is neck and neck.