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« on: June 17, 2011, 07:15:07 am »
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Considering that his predecessor got over 60% of the vote in Erie and his father did quite well in it during the eighties.  Also, the county (as far as I'm aware) never voted for Rockefeller.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 08:55:19 am »
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Paladino was from there and is apparently a household name there.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 09:33:09 am »
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Aside from Paladino's strong personal vote there, you can see in the above map that Paladino's strength extended to the counties near Buffalo. (His running mate, Gregory Edwards, is from Jamestown in neighboring Chautauqua County). Far Western New York has a history of strongly supporting candidates from the region, whatever their party, since there is a major cultural/political divide between that region of the state and its traditional political power center of New York City. Tom Golisano of Rochester is an excellent example of this - his Independence Party actually won Monroe County in 2002.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 09:41:20 am »
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Aside from Paladino's strong personal vote there, you can see in the above map that Paladino's strength extended to the counties near Buffalo. (His running mate, Gregory Edwards, is from Jamestown in neighboring Chautauqua County). Far Western New York has a history of strongly supporting candidates from the region, whatever their party, since there is a major cultural/political divide between that region of the state and its traditional political power center of New York City. Tom Golisano of Rochester is an excellent example of this - his Independence Party actually won Monroe County in 2002.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 09:51:28 am »
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there is a major cultural/political divide between that region of the state and its traditional political power center of New York City.

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011, 01:12:53 pm »
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Paladino was from there and is apparently a household name there.

This.  His whole political campaign was heavily based in the Erie/Niagara area.  You couldn't go down the streets in the suburbs without seeing a sea of Paladino signs.  He's a big develepor in this area, and already has some name recognition around here.

Plus, people in Western NY feel neglected because the states main focus is downstate.  If someone comes along from the area, who knows that Niagara Falls needs attention, and has some actual knowledge about Buffalo and the surrounding area, people look to them around here.
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