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AP: New York voters say nation headed wrong way

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in New York said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 7 in 10 of New York voters said the country is on the wrong track, compared with around 3 in 10 who said the country is headed in the right direction.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in New York, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 135,000 voters and nonvoters -- including 3,673 voters and 934 nonvoters in the state of New York -- conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
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   TOP ISSUE: HEALTH CARE
   Health care was at the forefront of voters' minds: 1 in 4 named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year's midterm elections. Another 1 in 5 named immigration, while 1 in 6 named the economy. Around 1 in 10 named gun policy or the environment to be the top issue.
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   TRUMP FACTOR
   For 7 in 10 New York voters, President Donald Trump was a factor they considered while casting their vote. By comparison, around 3 in 10 said Trump was not a reason for their vote.
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   CONTROL OF CONGRESS
   Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's first term in office, and several House races in New York are among the most competitive in the country.
   Three-quarters of New York voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote. Around 1 in 6 said it was somewhat important.
   In the Hudson Valley, freshman Republican Rep. John Faso faces a challenge from Democrat Antonio Delgado, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School graduate who is a first-time candidate. A video released last month by the Republican National Congressional Committee showed clips of Delgado, who is black, performing songs from his 2006 rap album under his stage name, A.D. The Voice. Delgado accused Faso of using racial attacks.
   In western New York, Republican Rep. Chris Collins is trying to keep his seat after federal authorities charged him with insider trading. Collins has pleaded not guilty and called the charges meritless. His challenger, Democrat Nate McMurray, reported a flood of donations after the indictment.
   In the Buffalo area, Eric Trump last month stopped by to campaign for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, an early supporter of his father. Her challenger, Democrat Anthony Brindisi, a state assemblyman, has criticized her hyper-partisan approach.
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   ANOTHER RACE TO WATCH
   New Yorkers are deciding whether Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves a third term as the leader of the nation's fourth-largest state. If he wins, he'll match the number of terms won by his father, Mario Cuomo, who served as New York governor from 1983 to 1994. Cuomo has mocked his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, as Trump's "Mini-Me."
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   STATE OF THE ECONOMY
   Voters have a positive view of the nation's current economic outlook -- about 6 in 10 said the nation's economy is good, compared with around 4 in 10 who said it's not good.


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