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As New York primary nears, campaigns get in gear in Buffalo area

Former President Bill Clinton’s visit to Depew on Tuesday will be the latest in the continuing efforts of several presidential campaigns to get out the vote in Western New York.

With New York’s Democratic and Republican primaries in just two weeks, some campaigns have already been doing phone banking and going door-to-door, while others are just getting boots on the ground.

The Democratic presidential primary race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the first time that New York will play such a significant role in deciding the Democratic nomination since 1988.

Hillary Clinton will be making a campaign stop in Buffalo on Friday, although details haven’t been announced.

Here are some coming campaign activities:

Clinton campaign

• Erie County Democrats will be operating phone banks for Hillary Clinton from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at party headquarters, 671 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Efforts continue from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. More efforts have been scheduled for next week.

Sanders campaign

• There will be phone banks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buffalo for Bernie 2016 headquarters, 404 Amherst St., Buffalo.

At 4 p.m., the campaign will go door-to-door on a “Neighborhood Walk For Bernie” from 4 to 7 p.m. Activities continue daily.


• Volunteers for Republican Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio are invited to an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

The meeting is being organized by Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst, and Erie County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda.

The campaign website of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, does not yet list any events in Western New York.

Donald Trump’s website requires visitors to register to see any scheduled events.