- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2000

ALBANY, New York Jewel and 10,000 Maniacs have opened for her, Bill Cosby has shared a stage with her, and President Clinton is on the phone for her.
On the eve of Election Day, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton held the lead in polls.
What the New York Senate race could boil down to, however, is the fact that Democrats have enrolled 282,951 new voters since March 1, compared with the Republicans' 81,799.
After factoring in the margin of error, polls show a tight race. But the voter-enrollment statistic certainly bodes well for Mrs. Clinton.
A Quinnipiac poll gives the first lady a 51 percent to 39 percent edge, including a 71 percent to 19 percent lead among Jews, a key voting bloc of almost 10 percent.
"We've really reached out this year," said Peter Kaufmann, a spokesman for the New York Democratic Party. "And the clearest reason [for the increase in registered Democrats] is Hillary's candidacy. She has energized our party and our state, even to the most Republican strongholds."
Overall, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in New York by about 2 million, noted Stuart Roy, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
"There are not that many more minds to change," Mr. Roy said. "It's going to be a matter of where Hillary Clinton's vote cap is, how many people she can actually get."
But the latest enrollments are very likely to vote, noted pollster Lee Miringoff of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "They are aiming for a core constituency here, and this could be very significant," said Mr. Miringoff, whose latest poll has Mrs. Clinton ahead 47 percent to 43 percent.
The first lady yesterday took her machinelike campaign to several upstate towns some that were, indeed, Republican outposts.
She delivered essentially the same speech at each stop, touting a platform of lower taxes, better transportation systems and improved public education.
In Buffalo, the message went to 350 persons in a sports arena at Buffalo State College, most of them students. Her warm-up act was a Rochester-bred band called 10,000 Maniacs.
Last week Jewel, a Democratic ally, performed two songs before Mrs. Clinton spoke at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.
Accompanying her to the lectern was Mr. Cosby as well as Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie and several local Democratic leaders.
After telling the collegiate gathering she wants to make tuition up to $10,000 tax deductible, Mrs. Clinton got to the point: "The election will be determined by how many vote."
"If you don't vote, you won't be able to determine what will happen in the future," said the first lady, who looked remarkably refreshed after 18 hours of campaigning on Sunday. "You turn that right over to someone else."
Three hours later, in Albany, Mrs. Clinton told a gathering of about 500 people in front of city hall the same thing. This time her voice was becoming ragged while her spirits became livelier.
She again delivered her "this-is-what-we'll-do" speech with Mr. Schumer smiling approvingly.
Her crowds upstate are generally smaller and less enthusiastic than those in New York City, where she has a dominant lead in the polls.
On Sunday night, the first lady returned to Broome County, where she announced her candidacy at Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's farm in July 1999.
This time, though, the venue was a sparsely filled airplane hanger at the airport. A local country band ran through its entire repertoire and even some songs it didn't know because of the first lady's tardiness.
She has been late to almost every appearance recently.
New T-shirts, "Upstate New York Loves Hillary," were in evidence, a sign that her visits are helping even in Republican Broome County.

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