Contentious Contests Hang in the Balance This Mid-Term Election
This year’s mid-term election is one of the most contentious in recent memory with nasty fights for Governor of New York, U.S. Congress, Broome County Sheriff, Legislature and municipal council seats.
The polls are open until 9 p.m.
In Broome County, the current New York State Senator and Assemblywoman are unopposed.
One of the most heated races locally is for the 22nd U.S. Congressional District with some poll watchers predicting a close race between incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney, who has repeatedly been accompanied on the campaign trail by members of President Donald Trump’s family, administration and even the president himself and Assemblyman Democrat Anthony Brindisi who has been linked to the Trump policy backlash-movement.
A tight contest is also predicted for Governor with Incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo showing a relatively large disapproval rating going into the four-way challenge of his attempt at a third term. He is facing Republican Marc Molinaro, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and Independent Stephanie Minor.
A fight is also on for State Attorney General between Letita James and Keith Wofford after Eric Schneiderman stepped down over allegations of misconduct.
Some campaigns for local offices have called for rallying to work together toward goals while others have been seen resorting to questionable attacks on candidates’ record on support for law enforcement.
On the subject of law enforcement, voters are deciding an unusual contest for Broome County Sheriff with a decades-long veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff David Harder seeking another term on the Republican ticket, facing former public defender and former mayor of the City of Binghamton Matthew Ryan, who is running under the Working Families Party banner.
For the 6th District New York State Supreme Court Justice, Democrat Cortland County Judge Elizabeth Burns and Republican Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride are looking to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Kevin Dowd.
Some political-watcher have predicted that even some of the bigger contests like Governor and Congress may take days to decide.