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There was no 'red wave'

At least not in WNY, where Democrats and Republicans fared pretty much exactly as traditional indicators.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Last month, Assemblyman Pat Burke thought his reelection campaign was in trouble. 

The campaign’s polling showed his Republican opponent, Sandy Magnano of West Seneca, running surprisingly strong for a first-time candidate who embraced extreme right-wing positions, ranging from 2020 election denial to Q Anon-style conspiracy theories. 

A tracking poll showed fewer than 50 percent of those who responded were committed to voting for Burke, following a barrage of negative campaign ads paid for, in large part, by the state Republican party. The GOP targeted Burke — a left-leaning Democrat originally from South Buffalo, now an Orchard Park resident — as vulnerable in a year Republicans expected an uprising of anti-Democrat sentiment at the polls.

You can read the full story on Investigative Post's website. 

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