It's been a while since the New York primary, but since this is my first post since returning from New York City last week I thought I'd share a bit from my Big Apple trip.
First on the Hillary Clinton election eve rally I attended. The appearance by Gabby Giffords kind of stole the show. The former congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt, spoke very slowly, each word feeling like it was a struggle, as she stood on the stage in support of Clinton.
Next the Bernie Sanders rally later than day. The speech Sanders gave at the Queens rally seemed almost word-for-word the one he previously gave in Buffalo. But the Queens atmosphere was more rock concert than the Buffalo rally. That's partly because the downstate rally featured a rock band, TV on the Radio, but also because streets leading to the out-door rally were lined with vendors selling Bernie pins and Bernie t-shirts and Bernie signs.
The City Hallways Straw Poll
In the better-late-than-never category, here's details on the City Hallways straw poll held the week before the New York primary:
In the Republican poll, City Hallways readers picked John Kasich, who got 50 percent of the vote while Donald Trump got 26 percent, and Ted Cruz 7 percent. The other 17 percent were undecided.
In the Democratic poll, City Hallways readers picked Bernie Sanders, who beat Clinton by a whopping 61 percent to 32 percent, with 7 percent undecided.
Those results differ from the way Erie County voted in the New York Primary. Erie County went big for Trump; a slight majority went for Clinton.
It's partly because the City Hallways poll - unlike the New York primary - was open, allowing anyone, regardless of party, to vote in each contest. So Dems, Republicans, Independents and others voted for GOP as well as Democratic candidates, and all got to vote in both the GOP and Dem contests. Also, it was an on-line poll, so tends to attract younger people.
Countdown to primary news
With the New York primary over, the next contests are tomorrow in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.
Common Council caucus meeting today to get ready for tomorrow's Council meeting.