Steve Bannon headlines ‘Red Tide Rising’ rally in Elma

From The Buffalo News:

Steve Bannon, the one-time close adviser to Donald Trump with wide appeal among the president’s supporters, will highlight an Elma campaign rally on Oct. 24 in a sign of the GOP’s escalating effort to excite its base and turn out the vote on Election Day.

Bannon will appear with local Republican candidates at 4:30 p.m. at the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Co, 1071 Jamison Road, according to organizer Michael R. Caputo.

“It’s a ‘Red Tide Rising’ rally to get out the vote for all Republican candidates in the region,” said Caputo, an East Aurora political consultant and CNN commentator associated with Bannon on several political projects. “People will be coming from all around, but everyone is concerned about NY-27 going blue.”

Caputo is referring to the 27th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence, who is running for re-election while under federal indictment for alleged insider trading. Even though the Collins district ranks as the most Republican in New York State, a Siena College poll released Tuesday shows him statistically tied with Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray.

“Steve is doing a national tour of troublesome congressional districts,” Caputo said. “He is a friend who I told about the problems in NY-27, and he wants to keep it red.”

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