Two-Way: Tuesday’s New York Primary Election


When it comes to presidential election, the New York primary rarely gets much attention. But Richard Born, a political science professor at Vassar College, says this year is different. Host Stephan Bisaha spoke with Born about to why this Tuesday’s primary election is suddenly a factor in the presidential race, and what’s at stake for the candidates going forward.

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Special Election to Fill the Seat of Former Assembly Speaker

Two weeks from Tuesday, New York City voters will have their chance to weigh in on The Presidential Primary. But that’s not the only race coming to a head in New York on April 19th. It’s also a special election to fill the seat of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver was once one of the most powerful politicians in Albany, but he was convicted last November on seven counts of corruption. Reporter Stephan Bisaha went to the Lower East Side to see how Silver’s influence is being felt in the race to replace him.

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Why Campaign Donors Give Years Before Elections

It’s election season and politicians are traveling the country to raise funds for their campaigns. Cruz. Rubio. Sanders. Clinton. Even Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised over one million dollars… for his OWN re-election. But that election is more than a year and a half away. Reporter Stephan Bisaha went to find out why donors give SO early.

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MAP: Find NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign Donors

Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised over one-million dollars for his re-election. An election more than a year and a half away. Many of his biggest donors stretch from midtown to the southern tip of Manhattan. A few donors are scattered through Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx while little come from the traditionally conservative borough of Staten Island. And hundreds of thousands of dollars come from outside the state, like the nearly five-thousand dollars donated by the CEO of DreamWorks Animation.

To see where the mayor’s donors work – and how much they gave – click on read more and use the map.

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