Not so Special Election

A harbinger of future Democratic victories or an electoral anomaly?

Those are the two conflicting viewpoints following a surprise win by a Bernie Sanders supporting candidate in a special election this week for an Assembly seat that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016 and has traditionally been easily held by Republicans.

Republican strategist Jessica Proud weighed in on the results, with a focus on issues that dominate special elections, the importance of a good ground game and the enthusiasm gap.

She also talked about areas for Republican growth in New York, laid out a path for members of Congress to avoid getting swallowed up in national trends and waxed nostalgically about past mayors of New York City. Continue reading “Not so Special Election”

What’s Voting Got to Do with It?

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

After the vote to adopt the American Health Care Act, Congressional Democrats taunted their colleagues with that chant on the assumption that many of the Republican supporters had just jeopardized their jobs.

But did they really risk re-election?

“It’s too early to tell. It looks really bad right now … but it’s a long way to the election,” says Morgan Hook, a senior vice president at SKD Knickerbocker, who is actively involved with Democratic candidates. Continue reading “What’s Voting Got to Do with It?”

(UPDATE) Senate Rematch: Handicapping a Heads-Up Race in the 31st

The four-way race from 2016 is currently a heads up rematch for the 31st Senate District.

A potential Democratic primary between Sen. Marisol Alcantara and challenger Robert Jackson could be greatly impacted by the number of candidates actually on the ballot next year, as their first contest was clearly shaped by the presence of Micah Lasher, who finished in second by less than 300 votes, and Luis Tejada, who was able to collect about five percent of the total vote.

More than one-third of the primary vote from last year is up for grabs now and this appears to favor Jackson, based on where Lasher and Tejada were popular. Continue reading “(UPDATE) Senate Rematch: Handicapping a Heads-Up Race in the 31st”

Participation Prize Award: Christian Klueg

Sometimes you have to settle for second place. For Christian Klueg, a Fulton County businessman, that day came this September, when he came up short in his long-shot bid to be the Republican nominee for the 49th Senate District.

Christian came on the podcast to talk about deciding to run, trying to raise money, knocking on doors, going up against the party establishment and his future plans.

This is the first podcast, in hopefully a series, that will feature political candidates who have suffered defeat on Election Day.

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Election Day Aftermath in New York

Political insider Bob Bellafiore reacts to the state races in New York and what they will mean for the 2017 legislative session. He is predicting that Gov. Cuomo will act with an eye toward 2020, Sen. William Larkin will resign from office and the IDC will play a pivotal role in the state Senate dynamics.

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