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What's it like on the NY-27 campaign trail?

Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 18:34:30-04

New York’s 27th Congressional District includes over 100 towns located in parts of eight (8) Western New York counties.

With a tight election race between incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins and Democrat challenger Nate McMurray, what does it take to campaign in such a large district? 

We followed McMurray today and have a request out to the Collins’ campaign to do the same.

Nate McMurray is the current Grand Island supervisor who is hoping to unseat Congressman Collins in one of the most Republican districts in the country.

Covering the vast expanse of NY-27 can be "tiring," admitted McMurray, who visited three locations in Buffalo and Lancaster while 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly followed along.

"This is the one time in my life where I will take the gas tank to zero.  I am going to give it everything I have and just keep a lot of plates in the air - but we are doing it," commented McMurray.

Congressman Collins was one of President Trump's strongest supporters. 

Collins was indicted on insider trading charges and lying to the FBI this past August.  The congressman entered a "not-guilty" plea and said previously that he intended to clear his "good name."

At first, Collins' suspended his reelection campaign, following his indictment, then restarted it. 

He has faced criticism in recent weeks from Nate McMurray for failing to commit to a debate.

Ed Reilly has more in his report.

 

 

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