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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen.

In his latest broadside against the Justice Department's traditional independence, Trump tweeted that "Obama era investigations, of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department."

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A new poll gives Republican Congressman John Katko a 15-point lead in the 24th Congressional District. The Spectrum News/Siena College poll released Monday night shows Katko leading Democratic challenge Dana Balter 54-39 percent.

Pollster Steve Greenberg says that Katko, the first person to win consecutive terms in the district in a decade, has a strong lead in a district closely divided between Democrats and Republicans.

While Republicans scramble to figure out if they can replace Rep. Chris Collins on the November ballot, another Republican is already in the race. Local businessman Larry Piegza is running on the Reform Party line, and is a Republican who was calling for Collins' ouster as early as last year.

We talk to Piegza about his views on Congress, his goals for changing how government communicates with citizens, and more.

Republican county chairs from across the 27th Congressional District say they have three weeks to decide who they want to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot.  They spent much of Tuesday huddled at Batavia Downs discussing the issue and hearing from nine potential candidates.


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A poll released Tuesday night in the 25th Congressional District shows a solid lead at this point in the campaign for Democrat Joe Morelle who is facing Republican candidate Dr. Jim Maxwell in November.

The Spectrum News/Siena College poll shows Morelle with a 55-31 percent lead over Maxwell.

Both are vying to succeed the late Louise Slaughter, the longtime Democratic Congresswoman who died earlier this year.

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A meeting on Tuesday may help further narrow who Republican leaders in the 27th Congressional District want to run, assuming that person can get on the November ballot.

The Buffalo News reports that 11 contenders will speak with the leaders of the eight counties in the district at Batavia Downs, in a meeting scheduled to begin about 3pm and last for several hours.

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Reacation to the announcement that Rep. Chris Collins, a Western NY Republican, will suspend his campaign for re-election, but does plan to serve out the rest of his term this year:

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich issued a statement on Saturday, saying  that he has been in contact with fellow County GOP Chairs from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, and Ontario counties.

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Saturday has turned out to be a big day for political news in Western New York.

Besides the word that Rep. Chris Collins will serve out his term but will suspend his campaign for re-election, we also were informed by the Monroe County Board of Elections that Governor Cuomo will issue a proclamation on Monday calling for a Special Election to fill the current vacancy in the 25th Congressional District.

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The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.

One of Collins’ fellow House Republicans in this region, Tom Reed of the Southern Tier, says the allegations against Collins are serious, but he says any decision about his political future are up to Collins and the voters.

We sit down with Nate McMurray, the mayor of Grand Island and a candidate for the 27th Congressional District seat. McMurray is a Democrat running against Republican Congressman Chris Collins.

We talk to McMurray about why he's running, his platform, what he would hope to accomplish in Washington, and more. 

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