© 2022 WRVO Public Media
bg.jpg
Your Source for NPR News
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Coverage of the 2016 presidential election from NPR News and related blogs, including candidate profiles, interviews and talking points.On-air specials will also be broadcast as Election Day approaches, including the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.WRVO also provides coverage of regional elections both on-air and online.

Why Onondaga County stood out in Tuesday's primary

clinton_4.jpg
Tom Magnarelli
/
WRVO News

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won resoundingly in New York's primary Tuesday, including in Onondaga County. But a look at the numbers shows that the county's results stand out in central New York.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won every upstate county except for three, Erie, Monroe and Onondaga. Grant Reeher, a political science professor at Syracuse University and host of The Campbell Conversations on WRVO, said that aligns with previous victories for Clinton, who has found support in diverse, urban areas like Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. Yet, she won by a comfortable six points. Reeher attributes that to the endorsements she got from local political officials like Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Legislator Peggy Chase, which he says translated into tactical support.

"Working in the Democratic Party organization, making a point of trying to use the levers of the Democratic machine to get those folks to turn out, that's where it matters," Reeher said. "And I think here in the Syracuse city area those levers still exist and i think we saw their effect here."

Reeher said if the primary had been open to voters from all political parties, Sanders may have beaten Clinton in Onondaga County.

On the Republican side, Trump edged out Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Onondaga County 45 percent to 36 percent. That was 11 points higher than Kasich's second-place finish statewide.

"It's a reflection of that tradition of moderate republican voters here," Reeher said. "It's the reason why John Katko was able to defeat an incumbent Dan Maffei. Iit's the reason why Richard Hanna stayed in office as long as he did."

Reeher said Kasich's strong showing may give him more of an argument that he should be the Trump alternative, rather than Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas who leaves New York without any delegates.

Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.