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You’ve probably never heard of Frank Newport, the editor of the Gallup poll, but he was responsible for choosing tonight’s town-hall crowd. There will be about 80 people in the audience at Hofstra University, and all of them, per Gallup, are undecided voters from Nassau County:

Each audience member was called and asked to participate in a voter survey, without knowing the call might end in an invitation to the debate.

Among the randomly selected voters are the “classically undecided,” whose votes remain completely up in the air, said Newport, as well as those “who say ‘I lean to one candidate or the other, but I’m still a holdout.’”

Demographically, Newport said, the random sample accounts for making sure the audience is racially diverse, includes Democrats and Republicans, and a mix of men and women.



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