For many Brooklyn Democrats, it’s down to the wire

April 19, 2016

At a polling station inside Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, two names were consistently on the lips of voters: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Those of the three Republican presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, were virtually nonexistent.

In Brooklyn, a Democratic stronghold, many of the voters I spoke to appeared hung up on which Democrat to pick.

“I was on the fence, I went back and forth,” said Rachel Arnold, a retail designer who ultimately voted for Bernie Sanders. “It could be close, but Hillary will probably win.”

She added that she voted for Sanders “on principle,” but will willingly throw her support behind Clinton should she win the nomination.

Many of the voters who cast their ballot for Clinton said there was one key factor that influenced their decision: electability.

“A lot of what [Sanders] says feels more like slogans than something that would actually happen,” said Colin MacDonald, an editor at an academic journal.

George Menard, a Wall Street trader who voted for Clinton, smirked when asked whether he had considered voting for Trump. “That’s funny,” he said.

The brash real estate mogul is widely expected to win New York’s Republican primary, where he enjoys a double-digit lead, but his supporters were few and far between at the polls in Brooklyn.

Another voter said it didn’t matter to him that Trump is a New Yorker.

“So is John Gotti, but that doesn’t mean I am going to vote for John Gotti,” he said.

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