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The Primary and the City


Ester Fuchs, professor of public affairs and political science and director of the urban and social policy program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, reflects on what the primary results say about New York City.

Fuchs noted that Sanders' anti-Wall Street message has struck a chord with many New Yorkers because "it comports with people's real economic situation."

But yesterday's polling problems highlight a problem with the process.

"We have an arcane election process," said Fuchs. It's designed to protect the power of party officials and incumbents and to control the nominating process.

"Personally, I come down on opening up the nominating process and on anything that makes it easier for people to vote."


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 2016-04-20  12m