New York is a critical state for both frontrunner Hillary Clinton and for Bernie Sanders, fresh from an important win in Wisconsin. The candidates’ focus this weekend will be very different: While Clinton will be campaigning Upstate, Sanders will be in the New York City area. The Democratic Primary is held on April 19. Ahead of the primary, a Democratic debate will air on CNN on Thursday, April 14.
Clinton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday, “I think I know the state a lot better.” On Thursday she told reporters, “I’m going to trust the voters of New York who know me and have voted for me three times, twice for Senate and once in the presidential primary.”
Sanders meanwhile said from Philadelphia that, “If Secretary Clinton thinks that I just come from the small state of Vermont, we are not used to this, well, we will get used to it fast. We are not going to get beaten up.”
Sanders will be visiting the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush and Greenpoint on Friday, and on Saturday host a community conversation in Harlem with African-American leaders “to discuss his plans to fix a broken criminal justice system, improve relations between police officers and communities of color and take on a rigged economy disproportionately harming minority neighborhoods.”
Sanders’ schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 8
Doors open at 1 p.m. A Future to Believe In Flatbush Rally with Special Guest Mark Ruffalo, 1525 East 26th Street, Brooklyn
Information for the public: This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. Crowd entrance located at Avenue P and East 26th St. For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security. Parking is not available on-site, public transportation is encouraged.
Doors open at 3 p.m. A Future to Believe In Greenpoint Rally with Special Guest Susan Sarandon, WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
Information for the public: This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. Crowd entrance located via Greenpoint Ave. For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security. Parking is not available on-site, public transportation is encouraged.
Sanders’ meeting in Harlem with African-American leaders, a Community Conversation with Sen. Bernie Sanders, will take place Saturday, April 9th at the Apollo Theater and is by invitation only.
The Clinton campaign announced that on Friday, Hillary Clinton will visit western New York “to host a discussion on creating jobs and raising incomes in Buffalo, as well as grassroots organizing events in Buffalo and Rochester, ahead of the April 19th Democratic primary.”
Hillary Clinton’s long record of tackling complex problems and delivering results has helped expand economic opportunity upstate for New York families and communities. As Senator, she brought people together to help develop the University of Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinfomatics and Life Sciences and expand the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, supporting thousands of jobs in the Buffalo area and driving the city’s development as a center of cutting-edge research.
Last week in Syracuse, Clinton unveiled her plan for a $10 billion investment in regionally based “Make It in America” partnerships. The plan builds on her efforts supporting upstate manufacturers as New York’s Senator to make America the first choice for manufacturing production.
Clinton’s schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 8th
Growing Jobs and Raising Incomes Conversation
WHERE: The Jacobs Institute, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo
EVENT START: 12:00 PM ET
DOORS OPEN: 11:00 AM ET
Buffalo Organizing Event with Hillary Clinton
WHERE: Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, 263 Michigan Ave, Buffalo
EVENT START: 2:00 PM ET
DOORS OPEN: 12:00 PM ET
Rochester Organizing Event with Hillary Clinton
WHERE: Samuel J Stabins Physical Education Complex, Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester
EVENT START: 6:00 PM ET
DOORS OPEN: 4:00 PM ET
“Obviously, the math is important…But I think too many people are discounting the sort of dynamism in a political campaign and what it means, for instance, if Hillary Clinton were to lose New York in terms of her credibility as a front-runner who’s going to represent the Democratic Party in November. I think it would shake a lot of people’s confidence.”
He pointed out that before his lopsided win, Sanders had been trailing in Wisconsin polls as well, which is no doubt why Clinton is emphasizing her New York connections.
One aspect of the campaign muddying the waters in New York is the requirement that voters register well in advance for one party or another – the deadline being October 9, 2015. There are those who want to vote Democratic because of Bernie Sanders but remain registered Republicans because their change did not go through for one reason or another, or because they did not act in time.
So, adding an element of pathos to a frantic contest, the outcome could be determined more by logistics and human error – some of it not their own – than by whom the voters want or don’t want on April 19.