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Republicans, who are looking for a candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), will hold their 2016 state convention in Buffalo.

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GOP chairman Ed Cox will make the official announcement Tuesday at a news conference in Buffalo. The convention is expected to be March 4.

Schumer is expected to run for a fourth term in the lone statewide race this year. No Republican has declared candidacy yet, although Wendy Long reportedly has been talking to party leaders about a run. Long, who was a spokeswoman for two U.S. senators and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was crushed by New York’s other senator, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in 2012; Gillibrand garnered 72.2 percent of the vote in what’s considered a modern political record in the state.