Elections

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the state Senate, said this week that he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. He also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Cuomo, answering a question from reporters in the Bronx, gave his strongest statements to date in the 2016 election cycle to back Democratic candidates for the Senate.

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Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of weeks.

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The candidates in the race for the 24th Congressional District are previewing some of what's in store for the campaign ahead. 

Shortly after basking in the success of her primary victory Tuesday night, Democratic candidate Colleen Deacon, a former staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), quickly shifted to the general election.

Several competitive House races to be fought in upstate

Jun 30, 2016
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Now that the primary is over, New York candidates for Congress can get started on the general election -- when more voters are paying attention. Upstate in particular should see a lot of competitive races.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report is calling three Congressional races in upstate "toss-ups." In other words, they really could go either way. They put a fourth upstate race in the "lean Republican" category.

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Republican primary voters in the 22nd Congressional District elected Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to represent them Tuesday. She defeated her two GOP opponents, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells and Binghamton teacher George Phillips, capturing 41 percent of the vote.

Tenney finally won the party’s ticket after losing this very primary race in 2014 to then-incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna, who’s now retiring. He endorsed Wells, her more moderate opponent.

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Colleen Deacon, a single mother and former staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will be the Democratic nominee in the race for the 24th Congressional District.

Deacon handily beat her competitors, Syracuse attorney Steve Williams and Syracuse University professor Eric Kingson, by winning more than 48 percent of the vote in the primary election. Deacon had support from Gillibrand and other Democratic bigwigs, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as the establishment party pick to face freshman Republican Rep. John Katko.

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Today is primary day for congressional races. Voters in central New York will be going to the polls for two races:

Eric Kingson Campaign, Colleen Deacon campaign, Steve Williams Campaign

Democrats in the 24th Congressional District decide this week who should run against Rep. John Katko, the Republican who has represented the four-county district, centered in Syracuse, for the last two years. The three candidates, who will be on the June 28 primary ballot, squared off in two debates in recent days.

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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?

Hanna called wells a bright, successful businessman who will be open to working across the aisle. He contrasted that pragmatic approach to Wells' main opponent in the primary, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. She was aggressive in her 2014 primary bid to replace Hanna and has acted similarly in this year's race.

Claudia Tenney for Congress; Steve Wells for Congress; George Phillips for Congress

The three Republican candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) in New York's 22nd Congressional District competed in four debates in June. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells and Binghamton teacher George Phillips have showed few differences on major policy issues, but there was no shortage of friction.

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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?

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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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There’s less than three weeks to go before congressional primary day in New York state. In tthe 24th District, the Democratic primary race is between Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steven Williams. This week, Deacon had some high profile supporters in town to boost her campaign. And she offered a hint of what a campaign against incumbent Republican Rep. John Katko would look like, if she wins the nomination.

Sen. Charles Schumer led things off outside Sunshine’s Coffee Shop in DeWitt.

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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.

Every year Republicans from central New York gather at Hinerwadels Grove in North Syracuse to eat clams and talk politics. And presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was at the center of many conversations.

Onondaga County GOP Chair Tom Dadey says he’s seen more excitement locally about Trump than any other Republican candidate in years.

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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.

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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.

Candidates set for Hanna's seat in Congress

May 6, 2016
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The candidates to replace the retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) are now set -- and there was an unexpected change.

New York's 22nd Congressional District was shaping up to have two contested primaries. But the New York State Board of Elections said Democrat David Gordon, a former member of the Oneida County Legislature, didn’t get enough valid signatures. That leaves Broome County legislator Kim Myers as the only Democrat running.

The Libertarian Party is growing in New York state. This weekend, Onondaga County becomes the latest county to join this party that challenges the idea of an omnipresent government, instead looking to individual sovereignty as the way to peace and prosperity.

Onondaga County will be the 15th county chapter the party has chartered in New York state and the fourth this year.

Shawn Hannon of Syracuse is leading the central New York effort.

"Libertarian people try to keep the government out of your wallet and out of your bedroom,” he said.

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New York’s restrictive voter access rules came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s presidential primary. And some are saying there’s a need for changes.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won resoundingly in New York's primary Tuesday, including in Onondaga County. But a look at the numbers shows that the county's results stand out in central New York.

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Election officials at the Bird Library voting location on the Syracuse University campus said that about one-third of the approximately 200-300 students that came in by 5 p.m. Tuesday were turned away for not being properly registered as a Republican or Democrat in Onondaga County.

Some of those students are registered to a political party but live in New York City and were told they needed to fill out an absentee ballot weeks ago. Many of those students, including sophomore Sunnie Addison, said they had no idea they needed to fill out an absentee ballot.

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There were some boos at the Bernie Sanders supporters’ primary watch party as the projections showed Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic primary in New York state.

Joanna Radzimowski of Syracuse said she is disappointed with the Sanders defeat.

“I have hope that the rest of America is going to see the light and understand that Bernie is really the best candidate for us, for our future," Radzimowski said. "He started a revolution and it is not ending with this.”

But Radzimowski said she would support Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, stopped in Watertown Monday to stump for her mother before New York's primary Tuesday.

Chelsea Clinton, who is expecting her second child this summer, told a room full of supporters at the IBEW Local 191 union hall, this will be the first presidential election she’ll be voting in as a mother.

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Polls open at noon today in central and northern New York for one of the most contested presidential primaries in New York state history. Both registered Democrats and Republicans will choose who they want to see as their party’s standard bearer in the race for president. The big push now is to get supporters out to vote.

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Tuesday is not only New York’s presidential primary, it also the day for two special elections to replace the disgraced former leaders of the legislature who lost their seats after being convicted on multiple felony corruption charges.

One of the races is to replace former Senate Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican who is now facing a lengthy prison term on corruption convictions.  

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It’s presidential primary day in New York state. But New York’s closed primary election process is creating a bit of confusion for some voters.

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Former President Bill Clinton has spent the last several weeks campaigning in New York for his wife, ahead of the state's primary April 19.

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Criticism of clashes between Donald Trump Supporters and opponents of the Republican candidate for president, has led to a unique dynamic at Trump rallies. It was no different in Trump’s turn in downtown Syracuse Saturday, when his speech was broken up several times by protesters who had to be led out of the venue.

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At a rally in Watertown Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump touched on his familiar campaign promises to secure the borders and boost military funding.

Trump told an enthusiastic crowd that the flow of heroin and other illegal drugs into the country would end with his proposed wall along the Mexican border. Under his administration, Trump said Watertown will get jobs back and heroin out.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz held a rally in the town of Cicero, calling on his supporters to stay united. But Cruz is coming in last in New York state in recent polls.

Ten-year-old Luke Roman convinced his mom to go to the Cruz rally because they are both undecided on who they want to support.

“It’s like the only candidate who hasn’t been all over TV by throwing people down or anything so I thought it would be a good idea to come,” Roman said.

Cruz started by saying the country is in crisis.

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