Frances Johnson

New York, New York

This past Tuesday was a pretty big day for New York State.  Millions of people voted in the state’s presidential primary, hoping to see their favorite candidate win their home state and hopefully the nomination.  After every election, you can usually find county breakdown for each state to see which candidates took which counties.  Some of them are pretty predictable, but New York’s has raised some outrage and disappointment.

The New York Times published a map of how New York voted on the 19th.  The results for the Republican primary weren’t too surprising, with Donald Trump winning every single county except for one New York borough, Manhattan.  No one should’ve been very surprised that Hillary Clinton would sweep New York, despite controversy regarding her and others referring to New York as her “home state.”  Here are the results for the Democratic primary:

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This was all over my Facebook newsfeed.  People were outraged, saying how much the rest of New York that wasn’t New York City didn’t matter.  They aren’t wrong.  Around half the population of New York lives in New York City and millions more live in the surrounding suburbs.  Clinton also took away counties with other major cities, except for Albany.  It only makes sense that counties with large cities and populous metropolitan areas would carry the most weight.  But all that green is so symbolically powerful.  Sanders clearly won the majority of New York’s counties, but couldn’t manage to win any county that actually carried weight, not even his home borough of Brooklyn.

This is all too common in the most populated states.  It’ll happen in my home state in about six weeks.  Clinton will probably take the counties with the major cities — including my home county, Los Angeles — and Sanders will probably win the larger, less populated counties.  Before anyone gets too outraged, they should probably consider demographics.

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