Good afternoon. Today’s points:
- FBI shock waves down-ticket
- How LI candidates see the top of the ticket
- Reading World Series tea leaves for Tuesday election
The World Series of presidential elections
Like many of you, we at The Point have been obsessing over those two pillars of American culture — the World Series and the presidential election.
And now we’re wondering what the victory by the Chicago Cubs might mean for the fortunes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
So, reading the tea leaves:
— The mood in Ohio now that the Cleveland Indians have lost is sour. Advantage: Trump.
— Chicago finally breaks its long hex and comes out on top. Advantage: Chi-town native Clinton.
— The Cubs rebound from a forbidding deficit with a strong closing rush and do something once thought improbable by defeating a team that happens to have its own demons. Advantage: Trump.
— The Cubs embrace sabermetrics, the use of facts and statistical analysis in baseball. Advantage: Clinton.
— The Series went the distance, and still needed extra innings to determine the outcome. Disadvantage: Voters, who just want this election to be over already.
Making a Point
Must-watch! See local candidates talk about the presidential hopefuls
We asked the candidates who visited Newsday’s editorial board for an endorsement interview whether they support their party’s presidential nominee. Click here to watch them answer.
Sam Guzik and Suneet Mahandru
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Democrats want FBI Director James Comey to make a statement by the end of the week about the agency’s investigations — and the demand is coming not just from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The confusion over exactly what the FBI is investigating also is roiling down-ballot congressional and New York State Senate races.
On Thursday morning, GOP congressional candidates lobbed harsh attacks — boldly claiming that Clinton would be indicted. Last week, Comey wrote to congressional leaders that the FBI had discovered new emails possibly related to Clinton’s personal-server case. Other than anonymously sourced news accounts about the internal fighting between the FBI and Justice Department, there’s no shred of evidence about whether an investigation is justified.
But that doesn’t make a difference in the final days of this bitterly fought election.