The Big Apple has some Big Expectations attached to its primary next Tuesday and so the campaign circus has rolled into town. On the agenda: oversized food, Miss USA and punchball. All the drama that has made this year so entertaining hasn’t died down yet: think Ted Cruz’s “New York values” comments (expect backlash), John Kasich’s epic pizza fail (because nothing indicates uncool in New York like eating food with a fork) and the fact that Donald Trump’s kids aren’t registered to vote (because they were “unaware of the rules” – comforting). Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are not afraid to show off their ties to the state, with Clinton saying vote for me like you voted for me as Senator for eight years. And Brooklynite Sanders is saying don’t be fooled by the votes that I got, I’m still, I’m still Bernie from the block.
Altogether 247 Democratic delegates and 95 Republican delegates are up for grabs in the Empire State. The polls have Clinton significantly ahead of Sanders and she plans to appeal to African American and liberal voters through emphasizing her stance on guns and her experience as a New York Senator. Sanders’ best chance of winning lies in upstate New York, talking about trade deals that have hurt those in manufacturing. But the fact that Clinton has spent so much time and money in the Empire State on events, media and metro tickets shows how worried her campaign is about Sanders’ momentum, due to his winning the last eight out of nine voting contests.
This week has been all about the families of the candidates, with CNN audiences getting to see their warm and fuzzy sides. But don’t let that fool you, the GOP candidates will be battling it out in the concrete jungle like the Jets and the Sharks because whoever reaches 50% of the vote wins 100% of the delegates. At the moment that candidate looks to be Trump despite him saying the odds are never in his favor. Anyway all attention will be focused eastward for the next few weeks as the Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maryland primaries get underway, and unless all the polls are wildly wrong, the two front runners are going keep their significant delegate leads.
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