October 22, 2018 02:35 PM
With a little more than two weeks left before election day, local candidates are turning up the heat and the handshakes this weekend.
There's no doubt these midterm elections are crucial. Right now, the Senate and the House are both majority Republican.
Incumbent Congressman Chris Collins and fellow Republicans gathered at a rally in Canandaigua Saturday morning. Collins is running against Democrat Nate McMurray for New York's 27th District seat.
"This election could come down to control of Congress being one seat," Collins said. " The race comes down to if you like the direction the country is going...if you like the stance of President Trump whether its trade, tax reform second amendment rights, you're going to vote for me...if you want to support Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that's where my opponent stands."
McMurray has been vocal about the ethical concerns surrounding Collins who has been indicted for federal insider trading charges. Recent polls show the race for this historically red seat will be close.
"My supporters understand that I'm innocent and these are merit less charges," Collins said. "I'll get my day to defend that but right now this race is all about making sure NY-27 stays Republican."
Democrat Joe Morelle went door to door in Rochester Saturday as he campaigns for Congress in the 25th District. He's running against Republican Jim Maxwell. This seat has been blue since 2013.
"We're hearing quite a bit of concerns about the President and quite a bit of concerns about his agenda," Morelle said.
Morelle openly opposes many of President Trump's policies. "People in this community are rightly concerned about what the administration has done," Morelle said. "The threats to reduce social security and Medicare and frankly the way the president acts and his demeanor."
Meanwhile, News10NBC also spoke with Republican opponent Dr. Jim Maxwell who expressed his concerns regarding the 'big issues' that the U.S. faces.
"Nothing seems to be getting done on the big issues, national debt, health care, opioids, and they want action." Maxwell expressed. "They want progress and I tell them, 'I'm an outsider, I'm new' and they say, 'that's all we need to hear.'"
There are a few other congressional races in our area we will be keeping a close eye on. There's the race for U.S. senator with incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Chele Farley.
The race for the 24th District seat is against incumbent Republican John Katko and Dana Balter. There's also 23rd District seat between incumbent Republican Tom Reed and Democrat Tracy Mitrano.
You can head to the polls on Nov. 6
Updated: October 22, 2018 02:35 PM
Created: October 20, 2018 11:09 PM
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