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Voter enrollment numbers updated

ALBANY – With voters now heading to the polls today, here are the latest voter enrollment statistics from the state Board of Elections, showing, once again, the hurdles facing statewide Republicans in this blue state.

Updating its April statistics, the elections board on Monday reported there are 5,277,865 actively enrolled Democrats in New York, compared to 2,693,919 Republicans. The Independence Party 381,502 registered voters while the Conservative Party stands at 137,069 enrolled voters. A handful of minor parties total another 20,000 or so voters.

The third largest category is those with no direct political home – 2,132,416 “blanks,’’ or voters who prefer not to join a party.

-- Tom Precious

Election Night coverage begins at 7 p.m.

It's Election Day, and voters are headed to the polls nationwide. The News' Robert J. McCarthy filed this report on the final push by candidates for the area's most closely watched race: the campaign for New York State governor. If you're looking for last-minute info before casting your ballot, check out The News' politics page, where you can see candidate profiles, listen to debates and get the latest news on each race.

Once polls close -- at 9 in New York State, earlier in some other states with major races -- will offer complete coverage, including the latest results. The biggest races in Western New York will be covered from all the key locations, including GOP and Democratic headquarters in Buffalo and Cuomo headquarters in New York City. We'll also have coverage of the fight for Congress, with Jerry Zremski giving updates from Washington, D.C., and an interactive map updated throughout the night with state-by-state results and a tracker following the balance of power.

Here's more of what's in store tonight on

--Live results from all of the biggest races.

--Chat beginning at 7 p.m. hosted by News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp and featuring the News staffers who’ve been covering the top races. 

--Constant updates and full stories from Buffalo News reporters covering all the major candidates.

--Coverage from Cuomo headquarters in New York City provided by Tom Precious of the News Albany Bureau.

--Team coverage from Paladino headquarters in Buffalo led by News Staff Reporter Phil Fairbanks.

--Updates on the fight for control of Congress from Jerry Zremski in The News’ Washington Bureau.

--Video of speeches from the night’s winners and losers.

--Election Day photos from News staff photographers.

--Analysis from News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy.

--Interactive maps showing county-by-county results in the governor's race and tracking the balance of power in Congress.

In last hours, Pataki backs Paladino

ALBANY -– Just a couple weeks after saying he had  "no plans" to endorse Carl Paladino, former Gov. George E. Pataki jumped in with an endorsement of the Buffalo businessman with only 18 hours to go before polls open Tuesday.

“One-party rule has led New York State to the brink of ruin.  The ethical and fiscal morass that Democratic control has wrought upon our state government can only end if we re-establish a vigorous two-party system.  The best way to achieve this is through competitive statewide candidates," Pataki said in a statement this afternoon.

The endorsement wasn’t a 100 percent backing of Paladino’s positions, the former governor noted. “While I don't agree with my party’s nominee for governor on any number of issues, we do agree on three essential Republican–Conservative core beliefs: the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government. It is with these bedrock beliefs in mind that today I endorse Carl Paladino for governor."

Pataki has been making rumblings of trying to be some sort of voice in the national GOP efforts in 2012 to try to retake the White House, and has been courting some tea party movement leaders in other states in recent months. 

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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