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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 at 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 (>), New 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.

Hurricane Sandy created major challenges for election officials in affected areas (+), and may have contributed to the lower turnout.  Overall 596,180 fewer votes were cast than in 2008 (575,723 fewer votes in the presidential race). 

Newspaper Endorsements (Sample)
Buffalo News (Oct. 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) +
New York 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) +
"...cemented into 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."