This year’s post-Labor Day “Back to the Grind” State of Mind is a little more grueling than usual: we’re in the final leg of the U.S presidential race. In one of history’s most unpredicted and unpredictable Presidential matchups, two New Yorkers are going head-to-head: Democrat Hillary Clinton, a longtime Westchester County resident, versus Republican Donald Trump, a Queens native and current Manhattanite.
This election is historic not only because of Secretary Clinton’s precedent-setting selection as the first woman nominee of a major party, but, additionally, it is only the fourth instance in which major party candidates from the same state have faced each other. Another of those, in 1904, pitted Republican Theodore Roosevelt against Democrat Alton B. Parker, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
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In 1944, incumbent President Franklin Roosevelt, a New York Democrat, was challenged by Wendell Willkie, an Indiana-born, Ohio Democrat who moved to New York and ran as a Republican.
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Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump are scheduled for their first of four face-to-face debates in two weeks, on Monday, Sept. 26. The televised primetime forum will be moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt and held — fittingly — in New York, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, on Long Island.
Before the general election, New Yorkers have the opportunity to head to the polls today, for the New York Primary. To confirm voter registration status, double-check correct polling site locations, and become familiar with the candidates’ platforms, New Yorkers can visit the New York State Board of Elections website.
No matter the outcome on November 8, New Yorkers know they will be at the center of it all.
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