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Just a day away from the special congressional election to replace Chris Lee, Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul chose to stump here in Batavia.

Hochul appeared briefly at Scooter’s Family Restaurant on West Main Street this afternoon. There, she spoke to several seniors about the importance of preserving Medicare.

Hochul recently came out ahead of Republican Jane Corwin in a Siena poll – a eyebrow-raiser in this, New York’s 26th Congressional District, which has been staunchly Republican in the past. Hochul gives the credit to her campaign.

Kathy Hochul speaks with an afternoon diner at Scooter's Family Restaurant as Harry Bucceri looks on"People are listening to us – the message is getting out there," Hochul told WBTA. "We've been pounding this message home for weeks. And (residents) want somebody who's a fighter, a very Independent Democrat, and I'm their candidate."

Retiree Art Wilford was sitting down to lunch when Hochul walked in to Scooters. He thinks she’s got a chance tomorrow.

"I'm normally Republican," he said, "but she's got a nice personality. I don't know her that well, but she seemed to be well-spoken, and suited for the job."

Art says he may even vote for Hochul: "There's a good possibility," he said.

Voting takes place tomorrow. Polling places across Genesee County will be open from 6am until 9pm.

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