I believe that reporting by Newsday and other media ends up essentially rigging elections.
By reporting how much cash a politician has to spend, and how many points behind or ahead he or she is in the polls, Newsday gives the underdog a losing position from the start ["Cuomo has wide lead in campaign cash," News, Oct. 4].
The psychological effect is to tell the public that the underdog doesn't really have a chance. Many people get discouraged and won't come out to vote. The incumbent then likely wins, even though he isn't the better candidate.
Ray Steinberg, East Northport