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Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of Oneida County secured the Republican nomination to succeed Richard Hanna in New York's 22nd Congressional District, which includes Binghamton and Utica.

Voters go to the polls in five states on Tuesday, where congressional primaries in New York and Colorado in particular could have an important impact on key competitive House and Senate races.

Democrats hope to contest as many as four congressional seats in the Empire State, a place that could prove critical in whether they're able to flip the 30 they need to win back the House.

Teachout, Faso Way Ahead In Latest Poll

Jun 27, 2016
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The latest Siena College poll for the 19th Congressional District gives Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso commanding leads over their rivals. 

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After staying neutral throughout a divisive Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna is endorsing Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells to replace him. But, will his support may be more of a burden than a benefit?

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  The current political climate has Libertarians hoping for a big year. The party has nominated former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson for President.

Michael Lopreste imagines it would be easier if he had the sort of job that allowed him to simply walk away from a co-worker's political diatribe. But as sales manager of a high-end furniture chain, he often can't afford to.

"Being in sales, we're kind of this captive audience," Lopreste says. "You know, you want to make the client feel at ease, you want to make them feel important, you want to be able to have a good rapport with them. And a lot of times that manifests itself by being able to mirror back what they're saying, or perfecting the nod and smile."

Responding to the Orlando shootings in a New Hampshire speech Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the appearance to expand on his previous call to temporarily ban all Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

"The only reason the killer was in America in the first place is because we allowed his family to come here," Trump said. "That is a fact, and a fact we need to talk about."

The day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned against the possibility of future attacks and went after Donald Trump for "inflammatory" rhetoric.

"The threat is metastasizing," Clinton said in a speech in Cleveland. "We saw this in Paris, and we saw it in Brussels. We face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called lone wolves: radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization."

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Republicans and Democrats running to replace Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional district met to debate their primary opponents in Oneonta Wednesday night. 

(WRVO) The three Democrats seeking to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in New York's 24th Congressional District have competed for endorsements, and argued about their worth. But will they even matter in a year when anti-establishment sentiment has reached a fever pitch?


(WRVO) Republican Wendy Long is taking another shot at running for U.S. Senate in New York State. The conservative lawyer from New York City lost a race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand four years ago in a landslide. This year, she’s taking on the man who could become the next Democratic Party leader in the Senate, Charles Schumer.

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WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties hosted a debate featuring candidates in the 22nd District's GOP primary on Thursday, June 16.

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(WRVO) Some central New York Republican officials say there’s a little more excitement at their annual clambake this year, because of presumptive GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

As the race for the Democratic nomination for president comes to a close in the coming weeks, Syracuse supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are still promoting their candidates.

Buffalo Mayor Likely New Chair Of NY Democrats

May 23, 2016

(WBFO) Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown today will receive a big promotion to a part-time position. With the backing of Governor Cuomo, he's slated to be elected chair of the State Democratic Committee during a party meeting in Saratoga.

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(WRVO) At a forum hosted by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO in Syracuse Wednesday, the three candidates running in the Democratic primary for New York's 24th Congressional District said the strength of labor unions have been decimated in recent decades and argued for tougher federal legislation to protect them and other domestic jobs.

(WRVO) The race in New York's 22nd Congressional District is considered by the Cook Political Report to be one of the most competitive in the nation. At least five candidates are seeking the seat that three-term Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is vacating at the end of the year. The district stretches from the eastern part of Oswego County to the Mohawk valley to the Southern Tier and includes all or part of eight counties.

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The candidates to replace the retiring Richard Hanna in Congress are set--and there was an unexpected change.

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Governor Cuomo spoke for the first time since news broke that his former close associate is under federal investigation for possibly taking illegal payments from developers who were working on state economic development projects.

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The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform. 

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It's not just a presidential year. Area Congressional districts are also being contested this fall. New York's 19th Congressional District has primaries for both parties coming up on June 28th.


(WRVO) Two Republican candidates running for the open seat in New York's 22nd Congressional District are feuding over past campaign donations. New Hartford Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is criticizing her main rival, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells, for donations he and his company have made in the past to Democrats.

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The results of a so-called "dry run" for a referendum to hike the judicial age limit in Pennsylvania have some people scratching their heads.

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Another primary election day has come and gone in Pennsylvania. So what happened?  WITF's Tim Lambert talks with Dickinson College assistant political science professor Sarah Niebler about what happened in the state's two biggest races.

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Primary Day is less than a week away, and the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania has attracted national attention. Here's my final profile of the candidates: Joe Sestak. If that name sounds familiar, it might be because the former congressman has been here before.

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Two special elections were also held Tuesday for seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who resigned after were convicted of felony corruption.

In Pennsylvania's AG Race, Experience Is Everything

Apr 20, 2016
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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision not to run for a second four-year term as she faces a criminal trial this summer left a field of five candidates jockeying for her job. At a recent forum, one candidate in particular came loaded for bear.



Though Hillary Clinton won the New York Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders saw overwhelming support in the Southern Tier. 

Following widespread irregularities at polls in Brooklyn Tuesday, New York City officials are calling for major reforms at the Board of Elections.

The problem was first identified in a an analysis of state voter enrollment statistics by WNYC's Brigid Bergin. The Board of Elections then confirmed that more than 120,000 voters have been dropped from the rolls in Brooklyn alone since November.

Ahead of today’s New York’s primary, many polls showed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead of her rival, Bernie Sanders. But Sanders, who has drawn big crowds at his New York rallies, says polls can be wrong. What is the outlook for Sanders in New York and beyond? NPR’s lead political editor Domenico Montenaro addresses that question in his conversation with Here & Now‘s Robin Young.