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Presidential election changing local politics

Aug 16, 2016 12:04 am
Presidential politics are busy in New York these days: A new Sienna Poll released Aug. 15 shows 42 percent of voters favor Democrat Hillary Clinton; 34 percent, want Republican Donald Trump to lead the nation; nine percent, like Libertarian Gary Johnson; and six percent favor the Green Party's Jill Stein. Despite those results, the state's Conservative Party will endorse Trump on Sept. 7, The New York Daily News reported. "I'm sure there may be some committeemen who will abstain or vote against him, but I believe he's going to overwhelmingly get the Conservative Party support," said state party chairman Michael Long. But Trump's lack of popularity in New York may be breaking up the bond between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Senate Republicans. The New York Post reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may publicly back a Democratic Senate takeover. Over the past few years, Cuomo seems to prefer having a few conservative Democrats side with Republicans to give them a Senate voting majority, but a Clinton landslide may bring a Democrat-controlled New York State Senate this fall.