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  • The area races for November 6 ... here’s how they shape up

  • As the Nov. 6 elections move closer, here's what you need to know about five important races for area voters.

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  • As the Nov. 6 elections move closer, here's what you need to know about five important races for area voters.
    The Race: President of the United States of America
    The major party candidates
    Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama
    Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts
    At Stake
    Which political party will be in control of the White House for the next four years.
    Dates to remember
    There will be two more presidential debates:
    • Oct. 16, 9 p.m., at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. (town hall)
    • Oct. 22, 9 p.m., at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla. (Foreign Policy)
    There will be one vice presidential debate. It is scheduled for:
    • Oct. 11, 9 p.m., at Centre College, Danville, Ky. (foreign and domestic policy)
    Deciding factor: (The bottom line)
    Most analysts believe the race will be decided in about ten "swing states" where the candidates are very close in the polls. States considered up for grabs are Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Colorado.
    The Race
    The 133rd New York State Assembly seat
    The major party candidates
    Republican Bill Nojay of Pittsford
    Democrat Randy Weaver of Hornell
    At Stake
    Nojay, making his first attempt for elective office, wants to put the district in Republican hands and take his conservative, small-government philosophy to the Democratic-dominated State Assembly. Nojay has a popular radio program and has been involved with Republican Party politics for many years.
    Weaver, a pharmacist and county legislator, is trying to parlay his background as a successful businessman to an upset win in a district that may lean Republican. The district stretches into Livingston and Monroe counties, and Weaver looks to pile up solid margins in Hornell, Hornellsville, Dansville, Wayland, Cohocton and Prattsburgh in Steuben.
    Date to remember
    Both have agreed to attend a candidates forum in the City of Hornell on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hornell VFW at 245 Canisteo St.
    Deciding factor
    Nojay ran very strong in Monroe County in defeating Richard Burke in the Republican Primary. Weaver would like to be competitive in Livingston County and pump up turnout in Steuben County.
    The Race:
    The New York 23rd Congressional District
    The Candidates
    Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning
    Democrat Nate Shinagawa, a Tompkins County legislator, from Ithaca.
    At Stake
    The Democrats need to pick up 25 additional seats to win control of the House of Representatives. Most political forecasters call that a long shot, however that is part of the backdrop of the election battle between Reed, the former mayor of Corning, and Shinagawa, the vice-chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.
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    The candidates are scheduled to debate three times. The sessions are scheduled for:
    • Oct. 26 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, Ontario County.
    • Oct. 28 with the Jamestown Post Journal in Chautauqua C• 
    Nov. 1 in Elmira, Chemung County. That debate will be broadcast live on WETM-TV, channel 18, into five counties of the 23rd District.
    Deciding Factor
    The new 23rd is a result of redistricting following the 2010 U.S. Census. The sprawling district includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates, Seneca, and Tompkins counties, as well as parts of Ontario and Tioga counties. This will be the first election under the new district make-up.
    The Race:
    The New York Senator
    The Candidates
    Incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand
    Republican Wendy Long, an attorney from New York City
    At Stake
    A Long victory would be considered an upset victory and could change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Democrats are counting on a win by Gillibrand to help them maintain their slim majority in the Senate.
    Date to remember
    The candidates are scheduled to debate Oct. 17 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in Saratoga Count and will be broadcast live on NY1 and YNN.
    Deciding Factor
    Unllike Gillibrand, Long has never held political office and is opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Gilibrand is a well-financed candidate in a state where Democrats have a strong registration advantage. No Republican has won a statewide election in New York since George E. Pataki won a third term in 2002.

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