Election 2020

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The young people who were a big part of this summer’s social movements, marches and protests could also play a key role in the upcoming election.  November’s election could face a shortage of poll workers. About 58% of people who worked past elections are over age 60 according to the Pew Research Center, a group most vulnerable to coronavirus and some are expected to stay away. 

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The lack of large events for Central New York’s congressional candidates to meet potential voters face to face means they’re having to rely more heavily on other means to make their case.  Of course, there are virtual gatherings and smaller press events.  But campaigns are now relying instead on more political advertising.

Joe Biden Endorses Dana Balter for NY-24 Race

Aug 26, 2020
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Former Vice President and Democratic Nominee for President Joe Biden endorsed democrat Dana Balter for the NY-24 congressional race Wednesday. Balter is hoping to unseat three-term republican Rep. John Katko in November. Balter lost the race against Katko in 2018, but won the democratic primary this July after not receiving the Onondaga County Democratic Party’s endorsement.

Balter is the first down-ballot congressional endorsement of Biden’s campaign. Biden was named the democratic nominee for president at the party’s national convention in Milwaukee last Thursday.

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The Republican National Convention takes place this week, as the party looks to generate momentum for the upcoming election. Follow live updates and analysis of the Republican National Convention with a live blog and video stream below.

Thursday's Speakers Include: President Donald Trump, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Ivanka Trump.