WASHINGTON -- New York is not a swing state. It's true blue, has been since 1984. And yet, the only one of the three presidential debates to feature questions from voters is to be held there this evening.
But there are swing voters there, and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has again partnered with polling mainstay Gallup to identify a group of 80 individuals from the area around Hofstra University to pose questions of President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Gallup says it's using its standard telephone survey methods to choose individuals who have no presidential candidate preference or those who say they have a tentative favorite but could change their minds.
Hempstead, N.Y., part of Nassau County and about 25 miles east of midtown Manhattan, may seem an odd backdrop for a town hall debate considering the other two host cities: Denver and Boca Raton, Fla. The latter two are in states that have been bombarded with television ads all year and promise to remain hotly contested through election day.