After the build up, the day of the New York primary is here and according to every poll currently out things are going exactly as they were predicted on the democratic side of things; Hillary Clinton still holds a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders in her home state. Though all polls covering the campaign do have Sanders narrowing the wide margin, could this be something to look out for Tuesday in the New York primary?
The Sanders Campaign got momentum going for the New York primary also set a rally record for attendance earlier this week in Brooklyn with a crowd of more than 28,000 people Feeling the Bern. The event featured special appearances from the actors Justin Long, most notably known for his role in Accepted (2006), and Danny Devito from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who got the enormous crowd chanting “We feel the Bern.” Sanders was also joined and endorsed by the Hawaiian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
Sanders’ message also hits home for those apart of the Occupy movement: the anti-Wall Street activist group based out of New York. His message over the past few months has earned the large group’s support which could play a pivotal role in his fight to pull off an upset Tuesday with New York primary like the senator did in Michigan, according to Tessa Stuart of Rolling Stone.
Another thing to take into consideration for those watching the New York primary Tuesday, April 19, is that Secretary Clinton’s unfavorable numbers, which are at 56 percent, falling below all other candidates in the race except for Donald Trump’s. The numbers for the former Secretary of State are lower than they have ever been for the candidate going back to her 2008 campaign against now President Barack Obama.
On the GOP side of things, Trump still holds a commanding double-digit lead over the rest of the field as predicted in the New York primary polls. However, there has been a bit of a shake-up in the fight for second place, as John Kasich appears will be snagging second place trophy away Ted Cruz, according to the political correspondents of MSNBC who are covering the event live.
Intentional or not, Cruz’s popularity, along with his numbers plummeted in the state when he criticized New York values. Something the senator would later try to clarify and apologize for the misinterpretation, but to no avail. For New Yorkers, it was too late to apologize.
Trump would use Cruz’ comments against him by bringing up the terrorist attacks of September 11, as he did initially during the debate when the Texas senator first brought up New Yorkers and their values.
“New York values were on display for all to see in the aftermath of 9/11- a strike at the heart of our country,” Trump said when asked to comment. “In our darkest moments, as a city, we showed the world the very, very best in terms of bravery and heart and soul that we have in America,” Trump concluded.
When asked what he believed New York values are Trump said “Honesty and straight talk. It’s the energy to get things done. Big energy. It’s courage and community service.” When asked to comment about Trump’s take on New York values, Kasich said that “[New York] just makes you feel alive.”
The New York primary Tuesday has already been met with difficulties for voters in cities like Brooklyn and Queens, where those early to the booth were met with broken machines and delayed polling. Another example of the electoral dysfunction some could argue that is happening across the country. In this case, affecting one candidate in particular, as Queens is the hometown of the GOP frontrunner Trump. Most likely it will make a difference here for the New York primary as Trump’s polling numbers imply that it would take a colossal upset in order for him to lose the state and the high number of delegates that go along with the victory.
However, difficulties such as these have not been uncommon this year and they are beginning to gather up enough traction to make some noise that could be loud enough to get those in charge to think about making a change. Robbing Americans of the right to vote, in any way shape or form, is unconstitutional and goes back to what Thomas Paine said in his novel Common Sense: “The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.”
By T. Aaron DeGeorge
MSNBC: Live coverage
CNN: NYC to Donald Trump: He’s not one of us, Donald Trump, Donald Trump defines ‘New York values’ in his own word
Politico: How New York will be won
Christian Science Monitor: Sanders draws a record crowd in Brooklyn. A sign of what’s to come?
Rolling Stone: In Battle for New York, Occupy Wall Streeters Turn Out for Bernie
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
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