In less 100 days, the American voters will go to the polls to decide who will next occupy the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Senators, Congress people and local representatives are also on the ballot.
I decided to hit the streets on Long Island and in Queens to see how voters’ feelings about the presidential race are influencing their opinions about down-ballot races.
Far from the spotlight of the parties’ conventions, in the places where the people walk, shop, and live, people seem to have made up their mind about the presidential race.
They know there are other key races such as for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the state legislature. But their knowledge of the local candidates was scarce, not to mention where they stood on issues.
The conventional wisdom suggests a link between the top and the bottom of the ticket. In a cycle that is upending many assumptions, that turned out not to be true for the people I interviewed.