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  A Secret Divide in a G.O.P. Stronghold
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Last Editedkarin1492  Oct 23, 2006 12:31pm
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News DateMonday, October 23, 2006 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn Broome County, a largely rural patch of upstate New York, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, particularly in the rolling hills around Binghamton. This is a part of the state that is closer to Scranton, Pa., than to Manhattan, culturally as well as geographically, where people bowl, decorate their mailboxes to look like tractors and mention with pride that their county was once home to Randall Terry, the anti-abortion activist.
Yet here, in a place where many think Republican, residents talk of voting for Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, for governor.

Kevin Cole, 43, cannot remember the last time he voted for a Democrat. But he said he was leaning toward voting for Mr. Spitzer over former Assemblyman John Faso, Mr. Spitzer’s Republican rival. Mr. Cole, a Republican who lives in Chenango and helps run a family-owned trucking company, said what appealed to him about Mr. Spitzer was his prosecutions as attorney general of Wall Street and insurance industry executives.

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