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Congressional Report New York 19: 20181101

Nov 01, 2018 11:56 pm
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The New York State Board of Elections released voter registration numbers Nov. 1, and the number of potential voters in the 19th Congressional District is up this year. In the 2016 presidential election, there were 436,930 active voters. This year, there are 445,907, about 9,000 more. The difference is almost all in registration among Democrats. This year there are 147,431 active registered Democrats, compared to 137,821 in 2016. Republicans this year number 138,774, slightly up from 137,656 in 2016. There is other evidence that more people will vote in this year's Congressional election Nov. 6 between incumbent Republican John Faso, Democrat Antonio Delgado, Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield, and independent Diane Neal. Virginia Martin, Columbia County's Democratic Election Commissioner wrote on Facebook Nov. 1 that absentee ballot requests are up from 1,800 in 2014 to 4,000 this year so far. Virtually every election analysis suggests that higher turnout will benefit Democratic candidates. More media endorsements keep rolling out before the vote. AllOtsego.com endorsed Faso in the election, writing, "As the new kid in D.C., he has ingratiated himself with his party’s leadership by playing ball when necessary. Sensible people would consider that prudent if the country weren’t so divided right now." The Columbia Paper went with Delgado, and took Faso to task for not criticizing racist ads on his behalf. "Our democracy survives on slender threads and John Faso has weakened them more than he can imagine. His constituents needed moral leadership and he gave us blame, saying he was the victim when he was challenged about the ads," their editorial states. The Columbia Paper also reports that, "the combined spending by the Delgado and Faso campaigns plus their outside supporters totaled $22.5 million. Mr. Delgado led Rep. Faso in overall spending by about $4 million." Chronogram magazine counts which candidate has the most Twitter followers: Neal, a famous actress, leads that contest with nearly 100,000 followers to Delgado’s 14,000 and Faso’s 7,000. Delgado has one more public event listed on his website before the election. The Democrat will be at Chatham Brewing in Columbia County at 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Faso has not listed any events on his Public Schedule in his Congressional website for months, and does not list any on his campaign website either. Currently, most election analysts are calling the vote a dead heat. The Cook Political Report, FiveThirtyEight, and The Center for Politics all call the race a "Tossup," while Inside Elections says the district currently "Tilts Democratic."
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