It’s Presidential Primary Day in New York State and for the first time in a generation the results from today’s race will play an important role in the national race for both parties.
Registered Republicans across New York will choose between three presidential candidates: businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Dr. Ben Carson’s name will also appear on the ballot even though he has withdrawn from the race. Trump is favored to win a significant number of delegates in today’s race, but both Cruz and Kasich are also hoping to secure delegates as well to continue the effort of forcing a contested GOP Convention in July.
Meanwhile, Democrats will choose between two presidential candidates: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton has been the front-runner for the party the entire election season, but Sanders – originally from Brooklyn – has gained ground during the past month and is hoping to pull off a huge upset in his native state.
Voting in New York State to determine delegates to the national conventions is conducted by congressional district.
LARGE TURNOUT EXPECTED FOR CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY
Locally, a total of 25,659 Democrats and 24,934 Republicans are eligible to cast ballots in today in Chautauqua County. That’s according to Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram, who remind registered party members that polls are open Noon to 9 p.m.
All county poll sites will be open.
Anyone who wants more information on where to vote and voter affiliation should visit www.votechautauqua.com or call the Board of Elections at 753-4580.