Mar 13, 2014 — Republican party leaders have high expectations when it comes to the November Congressional elections in New York State - and the North Country's 21st Congressional District is on the list of those they say they expect to win.
There's a big race on now for that seat, for which Congressman Bill Owens has said he won't seek reelection. On the Republican side, three-time candidate Matt Doheny will face Elise Stefanik, who has received district Republicans' endorsement. Democrat Aaron Woolf, district Democratic officials' endorsed choice for the seat, is facing St. Lawrence County political veteran Steve Burke. There's also competition for the Green Party line, with Donald Hassig, an environmental activist from St. Lawrence County, facing Glens Falls baker and businessman Matt Funicello.
The head of the Republican Party in New York State, Ed Cox, says he expects this November's mid-term elections will hold true to history, when gains are traditionally made by the party that's not in power in the White House.
"We could pick up four maybe five seats in addition to the six we have," Cox says. "The six that we picked up in 2010 was a record itself, we picked up more than any other state in the United States. Adding another four would be very nice, and I think we could do that."
The House of Representative seats Cox believes are winnable include the 21st District; the First District on the eastern end of Long Island; the 19th that includes Poughkeepsie, and which will be a rematch of a close 2012 race; and the 24th, centered in Syracuse, and currently held by Democrat Dan Maffei, who lost to a Republican in the last mid-term elections of 2010.
New York has 27 seats in the House of Representatives. Six of them are in Republican hands.