High voter turnout expected Tuesday as polls predict close presidential race

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – High voter turnout is expected for Tuesday’s election.

According to Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College Jack Collens, voter turnout will be high, in line with the turnout for the 2012 election.

According to a recent New York Times Upshot/Siena College Research Institute Poll Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump are tied for votes in the swing state of North Carolina at 44 to 44 percent.

Key electoral votes are up for grabs, which could be crucial for Donald Trump, who is behind in the overall national election, according to a final Bloomberg National Poll, which has Clinton up by three percentage points at 44 percent and Trump at 41 percent.

Collens predicts a win for Clinton but says anything could happen given the extremely tight race.

“It’s going to be a close race,” Collens said. “It should be closer than 2012. We generally expect that Trump will keep it close but still lose the electoral college. All the data seem to point to a Clinton victory right now however you know polls could be wrong. It’s possible. They’ve been pretty accurate so far this year with the primaries so we generally are able to trust the polls.”

Collens also talked about another tight race for New York’s 19th Congressional District between Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout.

He expects Faso to take the win, but believes Teachout may surprise.

“She’s generally really well known especially from her run against Governor Cuomo in 2014.  So Democrats and Republicans nominated a strong candidate. A competitive presidential election all equals a pretty competitive race in the New York 19th.”

 

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