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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Special Elections in NYC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colin Campbell, the man behind the Brooklyn Politics blog, and Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico, discuss the special elections taking place in the NY-9, 54th AD, and elsewhere in the area.

Did you vote today? Tell us how you voted and why. Phones will be open 212.433.WNYC, or post in the comments below!

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Colin Campbell and Ben Smith

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Comments [9]

Karen from NYC

Martin is a McCarthyite. I'm glad people are taking him to task. I suspect, too, that the conservative "Michael" who called in, mouthing cliches but no specifics about "personal responsibility" and "energy", was also a covert right-wing Israel supporter. Andrea tried to nail him down with her questions about activism and the point at which he had become "energized"; but he avoided her.

The poverty rate is the highest since 1983 (see front page, NYT web site). The average American's income has dropped 2.9% in the past few years, and the percentage of American w/o health insurance has soared due to lay-offs, particularly for older workers, who cannot find new jobs and are "uninsurable." Anyone who is middle-class who votes for a Republican is out of his or her mind. Anyone who votes based on so-called hard lines toward Israel is a political extremist.

Sep. 13 2011 11:05 AM
Vinny_G from Upper West Side NYC

Talk about having to hold your nose to vote,,, I am grateful I don't have to choose between these two
"politicians". Hands down: no republican, but who told this other guy he looks good in a mustache? He looks like the caricature of a sleazy used car salesman.

Sep. 13 2011 10:43 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

@Martin

This is based on what exactly? What proof do you have of this alleged anti-semitism? It's incredibly stupid to accuse someone of "anti-semitism" just because they express the slightest criticism of the Israeli government or think the Palestinians may deserve some rights as well (what a horrible thought!)

I haven't heard or read ONE thing that would indicate in the slightest that Obama has any anti-semitism whatsoever.

I suspect in at least some cases this "anti-semitism" charge based upon nothing is just a mask to justify the accuser's own dislike of Obama based upon their own inherent racism.

Sep. 13 2011 10:35 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Andrea, you were missing an adverb too! It's "*thoroughly* unscientific." Gotta be thorough about these things, y'know!

Sep. 13 2011 10:30 AM
Randi from Brooklyn

When you are a elected official in the United States, you are elected by US citizens. You are also elected to defend and uphold the US Constitution and the laws of the state/city that you represent. The job of an American elected official is to do what's best for the America and its citizens.

I just don't get why Israel is a factor in this election or ANY election in this country.

Sep. 13 2011 10:26 AM
Zach from UWS

This is a vote for a representative from Brooklyn, not from Israel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Furthermore, the accusation of "antisemitism" for anyone who questions the policies of the Israeli government strikes me as lazy, anti-intellectual, and out--of-step with the academic values of the Jewish people.

Sep. 13 2011 10:24 AM
Sheldon from crown heights

Is this a race for the Israeli Knesset or for US congress? Why do many Jewish Americans feel it's ok to proudly put the interests of this great country a distant second.

And why would any Jewish person vote for Turner? A man who thinks it's ok for government to tell religious groups where they can pray?

Sep. 13 2011 10:21 AM
yuk

"why are we having these people help us when they don't know the technology?"

uh -- because those are the people volunteering? get your genius kid to volunteer lady and all will be well w the world.

Sep. 13 2011 10:14 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Ed Koch is correct ........ in Obama we have our first modern anti-semitic President....and everyone is too nervous or intimidated to say it.

Heaven help us (and Israel) if he gets a 2nd term and doesn't need to pretend anymore. Israel's 60 years of existence...and its future....will be in this questionable character's hands.

Please send a message to "The One" and vote for Turner.

Sep. 13 2011 10:06 AM

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