Erie Co.GOP & Democrats open campaign offices

Erie Co. GOP & DEMS Open Campaign Offices

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With less than 50 days until the election, local political leaders are ramping up efforts to get their candidates elected.

Poll data from Real Clear Politics took the average of several polls done between July 13 and August 30, and it shows Clinton with a 19 point lead in New York State.

Erie County Democrats transformed the Democratic Headquarters in Larkinville into a Hillary for New York campaign office Monday night. Supporters will start a phone bank Thursday to call voters in New York and in key battleground states.

"We want to give people something to do. Oftentimes, we travel out of state to go to Pennsylvania, to go to Ohio. We're going to do that. We're going to do some of that. We're going to do some of staying here because a lot of people want to stay here in their own community," says Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner.

Saturday, Erie County Republicans opened their Victory Headquarters in Williamsville.

"We're excited to have a very large office with a lot of phone lines, and that's going to help every candidate from Donald Trump right on down to local candidates," says Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy.

Despite what the polls say about New York, both parties are confident their candidate can win Erie County.

"Trump is not going to do very well in Erie County and Western New York. We're going to win Erie County for Secretary Clinton," says Zellner.

"I think Donald Trump can very, very easily carry Erie County with a lot of hard work from our team and obviously a very good performance across the country so we're enthusiastic, and I think we can flip this county from blue to red," says Langworthy.

As far as campaign spending goes, the Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump had $50 million less in campaign funds on hand than Hillary Clinton at the end of August. Throughout the campaign, Trump has spent far less on television ads than Clinton. Don't expect to see much in terms of ads here in New York, though, because the vast majority of the money will be spent in key battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.


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