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The Buffalo News and BuffaloNews.com will have you covered on Election Day from the minute you wake up until the results unfold.

Live chat
Starting at 10 a.m., we'll have a live chat with guests to talk about the important issues, key races and the latest updates from across Western New York. Reporters Mary Pasciak and Patrick Lakamp will be your hosts. We'll also bring you insight from Political Reporter Bob McCarthy and Columnist Donn Esmonde. Here's what we have so far in terms of guests:

*10 a.m.: Reporter Gene Warner on what early-morning voters were saying at the polls

*10:30 a.m.: Deputy Managing Editor Stan Evans on what to watch for throughout the day

*11 a.m.: Washington Columnist Doug Turner on the national scene

*12 p.m.: Turner and Managing Editor Brian Connolly open it up for a discussion with readers

*1:10 p.m.: Health Reporter Henry Davis on health care issues

*1:40 p.m.: Business Editor Grove Potter on economic issues

*2:10 p.m.: Siena Research Institute pollster Steven A. Greenberg

*2:40 p.m.: Editorial Page Editor John Neville on The Buffalo News' endorsement process

*3:10 p.m.: Reporter Dan Herbeck on the Seneca Nation elections

*3:40 p.m.: Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski reports from Chicago

*4:10 p.m.: Buffalo News Editor Mike Connelly gives a Florida perspective

*4:40 p.m.: Reporter Jay Rey from the swing state of Ohio

*4:55 p.m.: Reporter Matt Glynn on local town board upsizing votes

*5:10 p.m.: Reporter Barbara O'Brien on area State Assembly races

*5:40 p.m.: Reporter Sandra Tan on the Erie County comptroller's race

*6:10 p.m.: Rochester D&C Reporter Jessica Alaimo on the Slaughter-Brooks race

*6:25 p.m.: Reporter Thomas J. Prohaska on the Witryol-Maziarz State Senate race

*6:40 p.m.: Reporter Denise Jewell Gee on the Collins-Hochul race

*7:10 p.m.: Reporter Charity Vogel on the Grisanti-Amodeo-Swanick race

*7:40 p.m.: Reporter Tom Precious reports from Boston

*8 p.m.: Metro Columnist Donn Esmonde chimes in

*8:30 p.m.: Political Reporter Bob McCarthy

Live video
Hosted by reporters Brian Meyer and Phil Fairbanks, we'll have updates every half hour starting at noon, and then wall-to-wall coverage starting at 8 p.m. Our guests will include Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski who will be reporting from Chicago and Reporter Tom Precious from Boston.

*12 p.m.: Reporter Gene Warner on what early-morning voters were saying at the polls

*12:30 p.m.: Reporter Jay Rey from the swing state of Ohio

*1 p.m.: Reporter Henry Davis talks about health care issues and the election

*1:30 p.m.: Business Editor Grove Potter on the economy

*2 p.m.: Siena Research Institute pollster Steven A. Greenberg

*2:30 p.m.: Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski reports from Chicago

*3 p.m.: Editorial Writer Kevin Walter on The Buffalo News' endorsement process

*3:30 p.m.: Reporter Dan Herbeck on issues in the Seneca Nation election

*4 p.m.: Reporter Tom Precious reports from Boston

*4:30 p.m.: Reporter Jay Rey reports from Ohio

*5 p.m.: Reporter Barbara O'Brien reports on area State Assembly races

*5:30 p.m.: Reporter Sandra Tan on the Erie County comptroller race

*6 p.m.: Rochester D&C Reporter Jessica Alaimo on the Slaughter-Brooks race

*6:30 p.m.: Reporter Denise Jewell Gee on the Hochul-Collins race

*7 p.m.: Reporter Charity Vogel on the Grisanti-Amodeo-Swanick race

*7:30 p.m.: Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious reports from Boston

The latest results
When the polls close, BuffaloNews.com will deliver the latest numbers from across the region, the state and the country.

Gillibrand: I'm not running for president

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told reporters today that she won't be running for president.

Asked by reporters whether she had any interest in running, she answered with a flat-out "No."

What's more, she said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- seen by many as a Democratic front-runner in 2016 -- would make a great president.

Speculation about Gillibrand's possible national ambitions spiked after she decided to speak Thursday before the Democratic delegation from Iowa, which holds the nation's first presidential caucuses every four years.

But in her talk with reporters today, Gillibrand said she was doing that at the invitation of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and in part to boost the congressional campaign of Iowa Democrat Christie Vilsack.

Still, Gillibrand is maintaining a much higher profile than Cuomo during this week's Democratic National Convention.

Cuomo will be in town for one day and has one public speaking engagement, at the Thursday breakfast for New York delegates.

Gillibrand, in contrast, spoke to the delegation this morning and will appear this afternoon at an Emily's List event "Celebrating Women's Leadership."

In addition, she appeared on PBS Tuesday and will be a guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart at 11 p.m. tonight.

Gillibrand's national standing has been rising in part because of her "Off the Sidelines" effort to get women elected to public office.

-- Jerry Zremski

The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

"'Moneyball' Godfather Bill James Tackles Politics In Super PAC Age," Sam Stein, Huffington Post. The "high priest of baseball number-crunching" has turned his attention to political campaign fundraising. 

"A Senate Primary Stuck in the Shadows," Thomas Kaplan, New York Times. A Republican primary for U.S. Senate later this month isn't drawing much attention. The winner faces Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

"Absent an actual Dream Act, Obama relaxes deportation requirements," Reid Pillifant, Capital New York. Before a speech to a major Latino group, President Obama changes immigration policy. It doesn't grant citizenship, but it defers deportation.

"Cuomo says final decisions on hydrofracking in New York remain undecided," Teri Weaver, the Post-Standard. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing the desires of local communities when it comes to hydraulic fracturing. 

Photo gallery, Washington Post. In honor of Father's Day, historian Douglas Brinkley looks at presidential fathers - the good and the not so good. 

 

Video: McCarthy on 'Obama factor' affecting N.Y. Senate race

The Read: What they're saying about WNY

From the local home for cargo planes to the ongoing aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, our local pols, political issues and policies are making news elsewhere. Here's a quick look at a few of the highlights.

With a new round of military base closings on the horizon, The Hill's Kevin Bogardus says lobbyists are gearing up for work from community's looking to save their installations. Bogardus' reports that a number of lobbying firms are starting to hear from former clients. He mentions Hyjek & Fix, who still represents the Niagara Military Affairs Council, which worked to help save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. -- Defense lobbyists mobilize for Obama administration's round of base closures, The Hill.

The Albany Times Union's Jimmy Vielkind reported from the state Conservative Party's political action conference, where a network of evangelical Christians said they would be taking aim at State Senate Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last year, including Western New York's Mark Grisanti. --Conservatives air primary issues, Albany Times Union

City & State's The Notebook blog reports that the Rev. Al Sharpton and others are taking issue with proposed redistricting lines upstate -- including in Buffalo -- which would would "unfairly divide up black communities." Al Sharpton: Senate GOP 'Treating us like dogs after crumbs', The Notebook

The Associated Press looked at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming run for re-election, which was published before The News' Bob McCarthy wrote that challenger Marc Cenedella was dropping out of the race. Republicans have high hopes that a win over Gillibrand is possible for them, the AP reports. 2 Senate runs in 2 years: NY's Gillibrand gears up, Assocated Press

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About Politics Now

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.

rmccarthy@buffnews.com


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.

tprecious@buffnews.com


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.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


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.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

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