Traditionally, New York doesn’t play an exciting part in presidential elections. The Democrats have won the state in the last seven elections, and this kind of predictability isn’t really all that interesting.

But 2016 is different: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have their campaign headquarters in New York City and the two front-runners bring the spotlight to the Big Apple.

Hillary Clinton served as the state’s senator. Donald Trump built his business empire here. Bernie Sanders was born in Brooklyn. And former mayor Michael Bloomberg considered an independent run.

So how do New Yorkers feel about the 2016 election?

Are they rooting for a local candidate, or are they looking elsewhere? Does it help Trump, Sanders and Clinton that people here know them, or does it work to their disadvantage?

And is New York really so blue as it always seems?

Read all about it in Lady Liberty Votes – the presidential election blog for New York City.


I am a graduate student at NYU’s Journalism Institute. I previously studied history at the University of Munich and journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.

In the past, I have worked for the German news site FOCUS Online, and interned at PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site in Washington, D.C. An article I wrote about an Obamacare chain-email was PolitiFact’s 2nd most read article of the year and shared over 50,000 times on Facebook.

My portfolio can be found here. I can be reached at LM3228 (at) NYU (dot) EDU.

Please keep discussions objective and refrain from hateful comments. I will allow myself to delete comments that bash candidates.

Unless otherwise stated all text, video and photos © Lady Liberty Votes / Lilly Maier.

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