Democrat Erin Cole, a former State Department official, yesterday ended her congressional challenge campaign against Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) citing fundraising and organizing difficulties. The 27th CD is the most reliably Republican district in the state. At this point, no other Democrat has declared for the seat but much time remains for the party to slate another contender. The federal candidate filing deadline will be scheduled for a date next April with the statewide primary in June. Rep. Collins, originally elected in 2012, is a heavy favorite to win a fourth term next year.
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