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Primary Voters In Ithaca Weigh Federal Impact Of State Races

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) - Thursday's primaries were dominated by Democratic primaries. Many people who voted are looking ahead to the mid-term elections in November.

For Elizabeth Skapley, a sophomore studying chemistry at Cornell University, she's concerned about the national consequences of the mid-terms.

"I think it’s very important for Democrats to take back the Senate and kinda help take down Donald Trump," said Skapley. "So, yeah. I mean, I think that just equal rights for everyone are very important, working rights are very important and it’s important for the middle class to rise up and take control."

For Jonah, who wouldn't give his last name, simply focusing on President Trump in the race for New York governor isn't enough.

"What’s important to me in this election is that I’m voting for someone who has positive policies and doesn’t just stand up against Donald Trump," he said. "Although, I agree with that as well, but I want to see a positive platform of change."

Now that the primaries are over, Jim Murphy, a Vietnam veteran and veterans' rights advocate, is concerned about party unity.

"My first vote was an absentee ballot from Khe Sahn for Hubert Humphrey," said Murphy. "I felt was ideal but at the same time I also know the reality of what happens when Republicans get in. We’re suffering from that right now."

Murphy hopes Democrats will be able to unite around Governor Cuomo even if they voted for Cynthia Nixon.

In the race for lieutenant governor, incumbent Kathy Hochul beat Jumaane Williams, a New York City Councilman and community organizer.