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Behind the scenes of Newsday's editorial board endorsement process

Some of the candidates that have visited the

Some of the candidates that have visited the editorial board for interviews so far. Credit: Michael Cusanelli/Newsday

The New York State comptroller’s race is our first endorsement for the 2018 general election. The editorial board is endorsing in 41 races and interviewing more than 75 candidates for federal, state and county offices. Our recommendations will be rolled out in the next three weeks.

We want to take you behind the scenes of this undertaking. See the candidates as they come for their endorsement meetings and some of their elevator pitches (in our elevator) at instagram.com/newsdayopinion.

Candidates also are being interviewed about the process for a video that lets them talk candidly about it. Stay tuned. The video will be on our website by the end of the month.

One of our most exciting new projects is our first podcast series. “The Bellwether” captures this raw political moment at the midpoint of Donald Trump’s presidency in two Long Island congressional districts. Republican incumbents Lee Zeldin and Peter King are being challenged by political newcomers, Democrats Perry Gershon and Liuba Grechen Shirley. The podcast chronicles their campaigns, and includes interviews with the candidates and sharp observations by the insiders tracking them. Congressional Districts 1 and 2 are likely to be harbingers for what happens nationwide on Nov. 6.

Download the first episodes on iTunes or listen on your computer at newsday.com/thebellwether.

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