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New York primary day

New York primary day

We'll it's finally here—New York primary day—the single most stressful day of the year so far, especially since Bernie Sanders is officially consuming my life. It kind of feels like I've joined a cult; I keep saying I need to "step back" and care less about the outcome of this primary race. But obviously I can't. Instead I just get more and more involved. In the two weeks since I last updated this blog, Allison and I drove to Buffalo to attend a Bernie rally—6,400 inside with about 5,000 who couldn't get in. We waited in the rain about an hour and a half and were among the last to get in. Then, the very next morning, I went to the Bernie rally in Rochester—another 6,000 or so there. I got into that one easily, though, without waiting in the massive line, because I've also been canvassing for Bernie—knocking on doors to get out the vote—and they gave me a wristband that guaranteed admittance to the rally. I did six shifts altogether. At approximately 50 houses per shift, that's about 300 doors I knocked on. The people I spoke to were overwhelmingly pro-Bernie, and I like his chances in Monroe County today. I'm trying to limit the scope of my expectations to the area I live and volunteered in. Who knows what the hell is happening in New York City, despite the massive rallies he's had there all week as well. Hillary seems to enjoy a lot of support from people down there, but I think Bernie should be able to win Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. I'm hoping that the stories of voters being "purged" from the registration rolls and polling stations being closed or without working voting machines are exaggerated. I'm trying not to turn into a total conspiracy nut, ranting about how the DNC has "rigged" the election for Clinton, even though there seems to be a lot of evidence to that effect. Or else it's just "incompetence" that also tends to work in her favor...

We'll see tonight when the results come in. If Bernie doesn't win Monroe County, I'll have to admit something very fishy indeed is going on. I've talked to enough voters here to know where the popular support is ... now let's just see if the actual vote reflects that. 

Pinnacle Hill ramble

Pinnacle Hill ramble

Entering the 36th Chamber / Canvassing for Bernie

Entering the 36th Chamber / Canvassing for Bernie