I'm probably going to skip Tuesday's primary. The only big thing is attorney general, and when I'd lean towards one candidate because he mentioned a Star Trek fan club in his past, it probably means either I'm too ill-informed for my opinion to matter or the candidates are too similar for anyone's opinion to matter. Or both.
The general election, on the other hand, is going to be a humdinger. Governor, attorney general, both senators(!), and of course the good ol' house. Until we moved in January, I'd been able to happily reelect Nita Lowey every other year since I became old enough to vote. Now I'm in the 20th district. It's the "upstate" district Kristen Gillibrand represented before her appointment to the senate. In this case, I suppose "upstate" is a fair label, as it extends from literally the end of my street
on its southern edge all the way up to Lake Placid, and a chunk gerrymanders west to within 20 miles of Binghamton (map
). Our current rep, Scott Murphy, won his special election to replace Gillibrand by a couple hundred votes. He's a blue dog, which is a bit of a disappointment, but of course the whole district being right-of-center means the Republican candidate is a total douchenozzle (less tax on the rich, less regulation on business, cut the deficit while increasing military spending, etc, etc, etc). I was a little worried by "decorated army colonel with a PhD from Cornell" but Murphy has a massive fundraising lead and polls show him 5 points ahead right now.
As per usual, I suspect I'm more optimistic (though with enough sense of reality that "less pessimistic" might be more accurate) about November than most of my friends on here.