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The ongoing political effort to separate America’s cities from America

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) holds a 14-point lead over her challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) in a poll conducted by the Siena College Research Institute. Julian Zelizer: The state is reliably blue and hasn’t elected a Republican as governor in 20 years. Zelizer says the poll shows that Zelderin has margin-of-error leads both upstate and in the counties surrounding New York City. He says the effect is likely something else: By separating out the city from the rest of the state, the Post is drawing a culturally familiar line for New Yorkers. Those people in the city want one thing but the rest, real New Yorkers — want something else, Zelizer writes. Zelizer

Julian Zelizer: Rural and urban areas of the country have been moving in different directions in recent years. He says the gap between urban and rural in New York has actually not grown as rapidly as in other states. Zelizer says cities vote more heavily Democratic and are seen by some on the right as unwelcome participants in the democratic experiment. But the residents of those urban counties also often don’t look like rural residents, quite literally, he says. More residents of New York City voted for Trump in 2020 than did residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia or Wyoming, Zelizer writes.