2018 Election

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The two key Congressional races in Central New York were very tight – as polls suggested all along.  In the  Utica area, Claudia Tenney is clinging to hope that absentee ballots will fill the gap between her and Democrat Anthony Brindisi. 


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The most expensive race in the history of the 24th congressional district ends today.  All told, republican incumbent John Katko and democratic challenger Dana Balter have raised a record $5 million combined for the race. But they know it’s not about fundraising anymore, all that matters now is getting people to the polls. Both candidates have been up since dawn trying to do precisely that. If you are unsure about voting in today’s election, Balter has a message for you.


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Voters going to the polls in the state senate’s 50th district Tuesday have a decision to make, and John DeFrancisco isn’t one of them.  The retiring senator’s name is not on the ballot for the first time since 1992.  Instead, voters will choose either Onondaga County Comptroller Republican Bob Antonacci or Democrat John Mannion. Mannion is a high school science teacher making his first run for public office.  He sees a broken system that needs to be fixed.


November 6th is the day when voters in the 24th congressional district decide to stick with two-term incumbent Republican John Katko or join what could be the so-called “blue wave” by electing a political newcomer. 

Voters in New York’s 22nd Congressional District have a pretty clear choice between two candidates who disagree on many major issues.  The district covers Oswego to Utica to Binghamton with diverse populations and interests. 

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Many voters in the State Senate’s 53rd District might not know the seat is wide open considering it could help tip the balance of the chamber to the Democrats. 

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The candidates for Syracuse’s only city race this election are facing long-term issues from poverty to education and more.  Three people are vying for one Councilor-at-Large seat to finish the term left when Helen Hudson became council president. 

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Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins says his Green Party has an opportunity to capitalize with progressive voters, many of whom did not want to back Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the recent primary.   Hawkins believes he is the best candidate for Governor in the upcoming November election at a time when the nation is going through a political shift, especially for democrats who supported Cynthia Nixon and her policies.