Matthew Hamilton in Capitol Confidential reports
that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called upstate New York “a death zone” on Sept. 15 and said that he can win New York in the election in November. “When we go up there, we get these massive crowds of people that are looking for change and they’re looking for hope,” Trump said on Talk 1300’s “Live from the State Capitol.” “And I said, ‘Why can’t we win, as an example, New York?’ And, by the way, if we won New York, the race is over. But why can’t we win New York? And it polls well.” Recent polls of the state show Democrat Hillary Clinton beating Trump by between 12 and 30 points. One recent poll did show Trump ahead of Clinton in New York 48-36, if you remove New York City and its suburbs from the results. “I’m going to play New York very heavy,” he said. “Look, it’s my place. This is where I live. I love the people. I think they love me. Based on the primaries, it was one of the biggest margins ever won by that number. So I’m going to play New York very hard, and, you know, maybe something can happen. So far, Trump has not held any New York campaign events since the primary, canceling one upstate appearance last month. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.