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With high hopes, GOP awaits returns

By Robert J. McCarthy

If there is optimism anywhere this night – Election Night – it resides at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

That's where the Erie County Republican Party has set up headquaarters, and anything less than a big victory will prove disappointing.

Nobody is speakiing for the record. And all Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy will say is that he is "cautiously optimistic." But there is no question the local GOP hopes to retain its two local offices and maybe even capture the County Legislature too. If they are to be successful there, the Republicans must win with Ted B. Morton against Wynnie L. Fisher in District 8 in the Alden/Lancaster area, and with Robert N. Anderson against Democratic incumbent Thomas A. Loughran in Amherst-based District 5.

And it's no coincidence that state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox will view statewide returns tonight from the Embassy Suites, in a clear sign he hopes Buffalo will come through for his party.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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