Coun­ties split vote

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN S. HALE

Across the St. Lawrence River from Corn­wall, there are two New York state coun­ties that could eas­ily be seen as in­di­ca­tors of the state of pol­i­tics in the U.S. and the pop­u­lar­ity of its pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump.

St. Lawrence County and Franklin County both have long his­to­ries of vot­ing for Democrats, some­times by wide mar­gins. For in­stance, 62 per cent of vot­ers in Franklin County voted for Barack Obama to get a sec­ond term. But that changed in 2016.

Dur­ing that cam­paign, Trump flipped both th­ese coun­ties to the Repub­li­can side for the first time since 1988, al­beit by a nar­row mar­gin.

The midterm elec­tions held in the U.S. on Tuesday night have been viewed in many quar­ters as a be­ing a ref­er­en­dum on the pres­i­dent, and St. Lawrence and Franklin coun­ties are ex­actly the kinds of places where ob­servers are look­ing to see if vot­ers are happy with, or have come to re­gret, their de­ci­sion to take a chance on Trump.

Like so many other re­sults from the Tuesday ’s midterms, the votes from Corn­wall’s near­est Amer­i­can neigh­bours are a bit of mixed bag, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for any­one hop­ing to read the po­lit­i­cal tea leaves in them.

When it comes to the race for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Congress, both Franklin and St. Lawrence coun­ties are a part of U.S. House District 021, which was one of the very few seats in New York state to go Repub­li­can on Tuesday night.

In­cum­bent Repub­li­can Con­gress­woman Elise Ste­fanik, was re-elected with 56.8 per cent of the pop­u­lar vote, while her Demo­cratic chal­lenger Te­dra Cobb re­ceived 41.6 per cent. Green can­di­date Lyn Khan re­ceived 1.5 per cent.

The house seat re­sults are not bro­ken down by county, so it is hard to know how much of the sup­port came from Franklin or St. Lawrence, but it is worth not­ing that there are more heav­ily-Repub­li­can coun­ties such as Hamil­ton Coun­try part of the same district.

Al­though they elected a Repub­li­can to the House, both coun­ties voted Demo­crat for the Se­nate.

One of New York’s sen­a­tors was up for re-elec­tion on Tuesday— Kirsten Gil­li­brand was orig­i­nally ap­pointed to the Se­nate in 2008 to fill the seat va­cated by Hil­lary Clin­ton when she be­came sec­re­tary of state. Gil­li­brand won her seat hand­ily on Tuesday. The Demo­crat also won ma­jori­ties in the St. Lawrence and Franklin coun­ties; 55.2 per cent in St. Lawrence County, and 59.3 per cent in Franklin County, which falls in line with the lev­els of sup­port Demo­crat pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates re­ceived there be­fore Trump.

So re­gard­less of what side some­one favours, there is a way to look at the re­sults from Corn­wall’s neigh­bours and see Trump’s sup­port hold­ing or di­min­ish­ing.

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