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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said on Saturday that she has earned the support of the City Democratic Committee for a third term.

Warren’s campaign committee said that she won the designation overwhelmingly with more than 62% of the vote.

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The Monroe County Board of Elections is usually very busy with just days to before an election, but the operations are facing a different kind of pressure in connection with next week’s primaries. 

Board of Elections officials say they are dealing with an unprecedented volume of applications for absentee ballots. Even though there is early voting going on now, and there will be in-person voting allowed in the primaries next Tuesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has encouraged voters to consider applying for absentee ballots due to the pandemic, and many of them have.

New York state has canceled its Democratic presidential primary on June23, but some other contests are still going on.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced earlier this month that he had suspended his campaign, but a lawyer for Sanders' campaign had asked the board not to cancel the New York primary.

While New York has canceled the June 23 Democratic presidential primary amid the concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the state will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on that date.

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, joins us in the first half hour to examine the results of New York's presidential primary.

Then, our panel looks at what we learned on Tuesday, and where we go from here. Our guests:

Why is Iowa always first? We're starting to see the presidential contenders make their official announcements, which means they're all headed to Iowa. Or New Hampshire. Two of the least diverse states in the country always get the most attention from the men and women vying to become president. What is the impact on policy? Will we ever see a rotation of which states lead the primary process? What does it mean to New York voters? We debate the topic with our guests:

Cuomo and Hochul Win Democratic Primary

Sep 10, 2014

The Cuomo-Hochul ticket will stay intact for the gubernatorial race in November. The Associated Press had declared Governor Andrew Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul winners in the Democratic primary Tuesday night. With more than 90 percent of the vote counted, Cuomo was leading Teachout, by about a 62 to 35 percent margin, and Hochul was leading Wu, by about a 60 to 40 percent margin.

Hochul's win gives the Cuomo ticket another Western New York connection after former Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy declined to run again. 

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Most area incumbents won their primaries on Tuesday. In Monroe County, there was an upset of sorts, with Ernest Flagler, a city firefighter, defeating County Legislator Leslie Rivera in the 29th district Democratic primary, by about a 63 to 36 percent margin. Rivera was appointed to the post earlier this year.

In the three-way Democratic primary for Rochester City Court Judge, Leticia Astacio was the top vote getter, defeating Michael Lopez and Bill Gargan.

Democratic Primary in the 137th Assembly District

Sep 12, 2012

Voters are heading to the polls Thursday to choose who they want to represent their political Party this November. 

State Assembly veteran David Gantt is facing Monroe County Legislator John Lightfoot and city school board member Jose Cruz for the Democratic nomination.

Gantt has run an unopposed primary in the 137th Assembly District for the past 20 years.

GOP Primary in 133rd Assembly District

Sep 10, 2012

Democratic and Republican residents will determine who'll represent their Party during this year's November Election.

Former Avon Mayor Richard Burke challenges Conservative radio broadcaster Bill Nojay for the Republican nomination in the 133rd Assembly District. The district encompasses Pittsford, Mendon, Rush, Wheatland, all of Livingston County and the northern part of Steuben County.