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Politics and Government
Coverage of central and northern New York's congressional races, including the primary races and the general election.Races covered include the 24th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who is running for reelection; the 22nd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), who is retiring; and the 21st Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro).

Clinton, Trump lead in New York ahead of April primary

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Democrat Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican Donald Trump, lead a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. New York's primary is April 19.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump lead among New York voters ahead of the state's presidential primary on April 19, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows Clinton, a former senator from New York, leading Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont among Democratic voters 54-42 percent. Clinton also leads Sanders among women and minority voters. One demographic where Sanders has a big lead over Clinton is among younger voters, where Sanders leads Clinton 63-36 percent among voters age 18-44. 

On the Republican side, Trump leads his opponents, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, by a wide margin. Trump has 56 percent, Cruz with 20 percent and Kasich with 19 percent. 

Democrats also beat Republicans in a head-to-head general election matchup. Clinton leads Trump 53-33 percent and Cruz 53-32 percent. Sanders leads Trump 56-32 percent and Cruz 56-28 percent. 

Despite their popularity, Clinton, Trump and Cruz all received negative favorability ratings among voters. Trump's favorability rating was 30-65 percent, Cruz's 26-57 percent and Clinton's 45-49 percent. Bernie Sanders had a positive favorability rating, at 54-30 percent.