BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's called an "October Surprise," usually a political bombshell released days before voters head to the polls. The latest political bombshell to drop, FBI Director James Comey announced Friday it's looking into newly discovered emails that could be linked to Hilary Clinton's private email server. The revelation has Clinton scrambling, Trump pouncing and voters caught in the middle.
"I think 80 to 90 percent of peoples’ minds are made up at this point," Buffalo resident Darryl Harvin said. "It certainly doesn't change my mind. Again, if you are looking for something on someone most certainly you can find something. That goes for Mr. Trump, independents, and Hillary as well."
"I feel a lot of Americans are feeling it’s another step in the wrong direction and I hope everyone clearly looks at where we're going and where we need to go, and the status quo may not be the way to go," Rockland County resident Robert Masiello said. "So, I'm probably not gonna vote for Hillary."
"I myself don't feel as though I would be swayed," Monty Hale said. "I am kind of disgusted by this last minute deal where people are bringing these things up in order to sway people. I don't think it's right."
"This particular October surprise is something totally expected coming out that could sway the election one way or the other," said Buffalo State political science professor Anthony Neal.
While Trump supporters are likely to feed on the latest news Neal doesn't think it'll be enough to change the momentum of the race.
"I don't think it'll be enough to change votes, per se," Neal said. "Last week leading up to this revelation there was a rush to get the early voting, and it's possible that enough early votes could have already been cast in the Democrats favor to make sure that this doesn't really have an impact on the election."
Neal thinks we could even see the gap in the polls narrow leading up to the election, but doubts Trump will have enough votes beat Clinton.
Still with just over a week to go and with the bombshells in the race so far, it may be impossible to say what voters could see before Election Day.