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Nathan McMurray made the kind of mistake rookie candidates make. The law required the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence to file a report spelling out his finances by May 15. In fact, he never did it until August. A campaign consultant, Robert Dempsey, said he urged him to file it back in the spring.  And before long, McMurray stopped ans…

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More than 500 write-in votes were cast in the race for 1st Ward councilman in Lackawanna, but it probably won’t be enough for anyone to catch Democrat John Ingram, who tallied nearly 90 percent of the vote in Election Day polling. Current 1st Ward Councilman Abdulsalam Noman, 59, also a Democrat, staged an aggressive write-in campaign after being knocked off the ballot …

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Democrat Nate McMurray has called for a recount, but what effect, if any, will that request have on what happens now? At this point, there won't be any changes to what the Erie County Board of Elections does, which is the process it undertakes in the wake of every election, Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr said Wednesday. That means elections officials…

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Western New York viewers had to wait until the 11 p.m. newscasts Tuesday night to see the most captivating local moment of Election Night 2018 – the apparent concession speech made by Democratic congressional nominee Nathan McMurray in his race with incumbent Chris Collins. It was said often during McMurray’s campaign that he did things differently. And that was neve…

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Democrat Karen McMahon has ousted Republican incumbent Raymond Walter in 146th Assembly District, with a vote tally of 25,780 to 22,969. Walter, 46, has served in the Assembly for seven years. An attorney, he’s emphasized his ability to work across the aisle along with his efforts to reform state economic-development programs. McMahon, 58, also an attorney, is a firs…

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Michael H. Ranzenhofer, an Amherst Republican, won his sixth term to the New York State Senate. Ranzenhofer beat Democrat Joan Seamans of Williamsville. After Rep. Chris Collins was indicted on insider trading charges in August, Ranzenhofer had considered running for that seat but withdrew his name from the GOP field. https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/27/ranzenhofer…

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A history-making moment was guaranteed in the race for New York State attorney general. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates are African-American. It is New York City Public Advocate Letitia "Tish" James who will become the state's first black attorney general, besting Buffalo-born attorney Keith Wofford, according to the New York Times. James, with her …

Erie County

Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke beat Assemblyman Erik T. Bohen in a rematch of their April special election for the 142nd District seat that had been held by Michael P. Kearns. Burke had 23,510 votes or 49.95 percent, compared to 20,784 or 44.16 percent for Bohen. The race featured two South Buffalo candidates: Bohen, a Buffalo special education teacher o…

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed won re-election to a fifth term in his Southern Tier district, defeating Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano. Reed, a Republican, held onto the 23rd District seat despite late indications the race was tightening, with some giving Mitrano, a cybersecurity expert from Yates County, a fighting chance to pull off an upset in the Republican-leaning distric…

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Republican Assemblyman David J. DiPietro has won a fourth term in the 147th District, beating his Democratic opponent, Luke Wochensky, in a spirited race that saw charges and counter-charges. [See results from 2018 races throughout Erie County] DiPietro, who was first elected in 2012, had been unopposed in the last two elections in the largely Republican district tha…

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West Seneca voters overwhelmingly approved adding two seats to the Town Board Tuesday, with nearly twice as many voters favoring increasing the board as those opposed. The board has had three members — two councilmen and the supervisor — since 2010, after residents voted in 2009 to downsize the board by cutting two council positions. This was the second vote to incre…

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Democrat Michelle M. Roman, a teacher at Holley Central School, appears to have pulled off a win over Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall, a Republican, and Wade L. VanValkenburgh of the Green Party, on Tuesday in a race to fill the final year of an unexpired mayoral term. Roman, 47, said during the campaign that she intended to serve as a part-time mayo…

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Assemblyman Michael J. Norris won his second term in the 144th District Tuesday, defeating Democrat Joseph A. DiPasquale. Norris, a City of Lockport Republican, defeated DiPasquale, a Lockport native who worked for a decade in television production in Los Angeles before returning to the area. Republicans hold an enrollment edge of about 11,000 voters in the district,…

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Incumbent Michael "Mickey" P. Kearns claimed victory over endorsed Democrat Angela Marinucci in the race for Erie County Clerk, but county Democrats have not conceded the race. Kearns was ahead by several thousand votes, according to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections. With 98 percent of districts reporting, Kearns had 158,801 votes, or 51 percen…

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Republican candidate Jeffery Zeplowitz soundly defeated Democrat Francina J. Spoth, who ran solely on the Conservative line, in the race for Amherst town clerk Tuesday. Spoth and Zeplowitz squared off in an unplanned contest after Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger stepped down in September for a job with the University at Buffalo. Zeplowitz was polling nearly twice as many vote…