The principals made fairly regular visits to New York City for
fundraising and for media appearances, but the rest of the Empire State
did not see much of them. From
April 10 to Nov. 6, 2012, Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe Biden did
least 19 fundraisers for their campaign in New York (Biden also did one
for the DCCC), and Mitt and Ann Romney and Paul
Ryan did at
least 28 fundraisers for their campaign.
According to the FEC (>
Yorkers contributed $50.6 million to the Obama campaign and $26.2
million to the Romney campaign.
In addition to money, New Yorkers contributed their labor to the
campaign, volunteering in Pennsylvania, for example.
As in 2008, one of the presidential
debates occured at Hofstra University, on Oct. 16, and both the major
candidates spoke at the the Alfred E. Smith dinner at the
Waldorf Astoria on Oct. 18.
Sandy created major challenges for election officials in affected areas
and may have contributed to the lower turnout. Overall 596,180
were cast than in 2008 (575,723
votes in the
Newspaper Endorsements (Sample)
28, 2012) 147,085 (48)
Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester] (Nov. 3, 2012) 114,502 (66) +
New York Times (Oct. 27, 2012) 1,586,757 (3)
Staten Island Advance (Nov. 4, 2012) +
Times Union [Albany] (Nov. 1, 2012) +
|*New York Daily
News (Nov. 3, 2012) 579,636 (5)
Observer (Oct. 16, 2012) +
New York Post (Oct. 25, 2012) 555,327 (7)
Newsday [Long Island] (Nov. 2, 2012) 397,973 (13)
The Post-Standard [Syracuse] (Nov. 2, 2012) +
uncompromising positions, neither man inspires confidence
that he can break the partisan gridlock in Washington and get the
country moving again. So we endorse neither."