On Thursday night in New York City, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and vice president Kamala Harris went door-to-door in support of Democrat governor Kathy Hochul, who is up for reelection.
Even in a blue state like New York, Democrats are on the defensive and working to support an incumbent.
This is a stark sign of the party’s mounting concerns that a wave of Republican gains nationwide could result from next week’s midterm elections.
Since George Pataki won a third term in office in 2002, there have been more than twice as many Democrats as Republicans among the state’s registered voters.
However, Democrats are encountering difficulties in the country in this year’s midterm elections since the ruling party, which usually wields.
This year’s complaints include stalled inflation and a weak economy, but Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York has used concerns over increased crime to create a potentially winning strategy.
Thursday’s rally at the all-female Barnard College was billed as a “Women’s Rally” and primarily emphasized the history Hochul could make if she wins next week, becoming the first woman to be elected governor of New York.
In August 2021, Hochul succeeded Andrew Cuomo as governor of the state, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Cuomo had resigned due to charges of sexual harassment.
Zeldin, a supporter of former President Donald Trump who has served as Long Island’s congressional representative since 2015, objected to the results of the 2020 election after Trump made bogus charges of election fraud.
With that combination and his aversion to abortion, it was anticipated that Zeldin would have difficulty becoming governor.
But in the last weeks, Zeldin’s emphasis on crime seemed to resonate amid a succession of high-profile violent episodes.
Hochul referenced the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in Seneca Falls, New York, in her remarks, which were bookended by those of Harris, the first woman elected to the nation’s second-highest office, and Hillary Clinton, the first woman to be a major party’s presidential nominee and New York’s first female senator.