NY: Dominicans predict no second round Sunday | AlMomento.net

NEW YORK.- There is only one recurring theme among Dominicans in New York City: this Sunday's general elections.

274,418 Dominicans in New York are eligible to vote in their country's elections. Manhattan alone has more records than the county of Dajapon.

Ahead of the last presidential debate of 2020, a significant polarization among these immigrants was felt in the Big Apple. Now, just days before this election contest, there is no room for surprises for the majority. Not for the second round.

The consensus of dozens informally consulted by El Diario is that incumbent President Luis Abinader is on track for re-election.

A review of polls published by think tanks such as Gallup-RCCMedia, Stawell and Mark Penn shows a coincidence in the clear political support for Abinader's re-election, backed by a dozen parties led by the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM). .

At the same time, the leaders of the other participating political organizations fearlessly promise that no one can win the contest yet.

Abinador maintains his goal of polling more than 30 points, which would allow him to secure the necessary votes if the referendum does not fail, avoiding a runoff.

Some leaders of Dominican parties in New York say election behavior from abroad is almost always the same as on the island.

In this case, some numbers suggest electoral dominance in favor of the ruling party among the nearly 275,000 Dominicans already registered to vote this Sunday at 87 polling centers set up in New York.

Nearly 870,000 Dominican voters can vote in several countries.

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The Bronx has the largest number of voters with 118,555 eligible voters, followed by Manhattan with 59,132. Brooklyn has 31,837 voters and Queens has 28,378.

A recent survey by Gallup, shared by local media this Monday, predicts that 56-year-old economist Abinader will win with 60% of the vote.

In second place, in the same opinion poll, is the country's three-time president, Leonel Fernandez, and in third place is Abel Martínez, the candidate of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).

All of them personally campaigned and mobilized on the streets of New York City.

Seven delegates

Dominicans living abroad are also estimated to have the option of voting to elect seven foreign representatives, a controversial legislative body representing the interests of diaspora islanders. In the electoral district corresponding to New York and Canada, three of these representatives may be elected.


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