2018 congressional race


(WXXI News & AP) Although 27th Congressional District Rep. Chris Collins declared victory on Tuesday as the recounting continued in that race that the Republican lawmaker had with Democrat Nate McMurray, the challenger does not appear ready to concede at this point.

McMurray issued a statement on Wednesday  saying that the Erie County Board of Elections is working to complete its counting of votes. He says right now (as of midday on Wednesday), the difference is less than .5%, a margin that he says in many counties and states would trigger an automatic recount.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins declared victory Tuesday in his western New York district, saying a count of absentee ballots preserved his lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

"Congressman Collins led and won on election night and maintained that lead during the entire recanvassing process," Collins' campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre said in a statement.

We sit down with Nate McMurray once more before the election. The Democrat is hoping to unseat Congressman Chris Collins in the 27th District.

The race drew national attention after Collins was indicted in August in connection with insider trading.

The Collins campaign denied an invitation to participate in this program; businessman Larry Piegza – who is running on the Reform Party line – was not available to join the conversation.   

We continue our series of interviews with candidates for political office. This half hour, we’re joined by Tracy Mitrano, the Democrat challenging Congressman Tom Reed in the 23rd District. She joins us from the WEOS studio to share her platform and priorities.

Congressman Reed did not return multiple invitations to appear on the program.


The candidates in the 25th Congressional District faced off in a Voice of the Voter Debate Thursday night which was broadcast on WXXI radio and TV.

Reforming healthcare was among the topics they disagreed on.

Democrat Joe Morelle, the Assembly Majority Leader, and Republican Jim Maxwell, who is a neurosurgeon, had a very different view of what to do about issues involving healthcare and health insurance.

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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."


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.


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.