Magazine article Insight on the News

Hillary Faces an Uphill Climb in Upstate New York

Magazine article Insight on the News

Hillary Faces an Uphill Climb in Upstate New York

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And she's off! Campaigning? No, at this early stage of the contest she's engaged in the latest political craze of conducting a "listening tour." Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid to fill retiring Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's seat was launched on July 7 with Hollywood-type fanfare. Three hundred journalists attended as the first lady grabbed even more media attention away from Vice President Al Gore's profile-raising exercises.

From the get-go she appears well-focused. The outcome of the Senate contest between Clinton and her most likely Republican rival, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, probably will be decided in upstate New York, the graveyard of many a liberal Democrat campaign. The state's conventional electoral wisdom has it that a statewide Republican candidacy wins if it can attract a respectable share of the vote in the Democratic city of New York. The other side of the coin is that a Democrat who can reduce GOP strength outside the Big Apple secures victory. With that presumably in mind, the first lady made a symbolic visit to the upstate farm of the outgoing Moynihan and went off on a four-day listening tour of the rural central and eastern parts of the state. …

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