BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The candidates aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. All of them have campaign stops today in either Pennsylvania, Ohio, or here in New York. This is the first time in many years that the Empire State is a player in presidential politics. Voters have been paying close attention to the heated debates between the candidates.
For the first time in decades Western New Yorkers we spoke with say their vote actually matters. The primaries on April 19th have now become crucial for all candidates involved in this race– and its not being taken lightly here at home.
Many election years, by the time the New York primary rolls around, the decision of who will run has already been made. But this time it matters, for both parties. Some voters we spoke with say they’re planning to head to the polls, but they’re not sure who they’ll be voting for at this point. Here’s what some of you had to say about the issues you’re concerned about.
Philip Desmond from West Seneca said, “The security of the country naturally. The economy. Taking care of our people. I know we have to take care of other people also but I think our country should be first.”
Mary Ann Desmond from West Seneca said, “Taking care of the country, taking care of the state and making sure that people come out and vote and get the right people in there.”
Maria Glover from Kenmore said, “I’ve always felt other countries are taking advantage of us, and we’re doing things wrong. And Donald Trump is a smart business man. He could get us back on track in running our country, maybe the way a business should be run.”
Gretchen Galley from Buffalo said,”Education and healthcare. Getting the focus on prevention versus high cost of insurance in health care. Particularly, making sure our kids have good schools to go to and the costs aren’t impossible to deal with.” She adds,”It’s nice to feel like you can make a difference. When we’ve been watching the antics on television for the last six months or more.”
Other voters say these next two weeks are crucial to them when it comes to who they’ll be supporting. We know candidates will soon be making campaign appearances here in Western New York, and some say that’s when they’ll make their decision.