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Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann
Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann

Stefanik overwhelms Doheny in NY-21 GOP primary

November's ballot is set after yesterday's primary elections. Among the races decided yesterday, Elise Stefanik beat Matt Doheny in the GOP primary for the 21st District Congressional seat opened up by Democratic Congressman Bill Owens' decision not to run this year.

Stefanik's win sent shock waves through the North Country last night. She was unknown before moving to Willsboro in Essex County last year. Yesterday, she won 60 percent of the votes in the Republican primary for the region's House seat. She toppled Watertown businessman and investment banker Matt Doheny, who was running for the third time.

After a sometimes bruising and bitter campaign, Stefanik, who is 29 years-old, won every county in the sprawling district.

We have two reports this morning, the first from Brian Mann -- who was at Stefanik's victory rally last night in Glens Falls, then from David Sommerstein, who was with Doheny supporters in Watertown.  Go to full article

GOP primary for congress in northern NY on Tuesday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A former Washington political staffer with strong backing from national conservative groups is taking on a self-funded businessman digging deeper into his personal fortune in the Republican primary for a northern New York congressional seat.  Go to full article

No clear frontrunner in NY21 GOP primary

Tuesday, voters will decide the outcome of the bitter Republican primary that has pitted Watertown businessman Matt Doheny against Elise Stefanik.

Stefanik is an experienced GOP policy adviser whose family owns a seasonal home in Willsboro in Essex County. This race had looked to be a sleepy one.

But then Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, decided not to seek reelection and that shifted the Republican primary into high gear. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein spoke with Todd Moe about tomorrow's vote.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.

NY-21: Negative attack ads manipulate media coverage

The Republican candidates for the North Country's seat in Congress continued their campaigning this weekend. Elise Stefanik was going door to door in Warrensburg and Fort Edward. Matt Doheny crisscrossed the district from Chaumont to Inlet to Warrenburg.

The two are careening towards an early primary on June 24, just 15 days from today. Voting in party primaries is usually low; the two candidates are doing their utmost to get the rank and file voter's attention.

Meanwhile, the ad war hit a new level of nasty, drawing complaints from the local media in the process.

David Sommerstein and Martha Foley sort through what's going on with the ads and the developing race.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.

NY-21: Stefanik, Doheny vie for North Country roots in first debate

The two Republicans seeking to represent the North Country in Congress came out swinging Tuesday night in their first debate before the June 24 primary. The one-hour debate was broadcast on Time-Warner Cable and taped in Albany.

Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny carved out few differences on policy. But they disagreed sharply on what's become the defining issue in this campaign - who can claim the deepest North Country roots.  Go to full article
GOP candidates for the NY-21 congressional seat: Elise Stefanik (left) and Matt Doheny
GOP candidates for the NY-21 congressional seat: Elise Stefanik (left) and Matt Doheny

NY-21: GOP primary heats up, but who's paying attention?

Believe it or not, the primary election in New York is just a month away. It's long been held in September, but the date was moved up this year, in part to get a jump on the national political calendar.

But the timing is pressurizing primary contests, including the Republican primary race for the North Country's Congressional seat. There's news from both Matt Doheny's and Elise Stefanik's campaigns. Reporter David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to talk about the latest in the race.  Go to full article
Newcomer Elise Stefanik is running strong against established Republican candidate Matt Doheny.  Photo: Stefanik campaign
Newcomer Elise Stefanik is running strong against established Republican candidate Matt Doheny. Photo: Stefanik campaign

NY21: Is Elise Stefanik a fresh new voice or a carpetbagger?

We're just a month away from the Republican primary in the North Country's fiercely-contested House race.

The Democratic and Green Party candidates are running unopposed in their primaries June 24. But Republicans Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik have been locked in an expensive and sometimes bitter matchup that's involved accusations of carpetbagging and dishonesty.

The first debate between Doheny and Stefanik takes place May 27. This week, we begin profiling the two GOP candidates. Here's Brian Mann and Martha Foley's conversation about Elise Stefanik's life story, her background, and her political ideas (read more about Stefanik's political writing here.)  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik. Photo: Stefanik Campaign, via <a href="http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2013/12/spunky-millennial-elise-stefanik-makes.html">libertarianrepublican.net</a>
Elise Stefanik. Photo: Stefanik Campaign, via libertarianrepublican.net

What Elise Stefanik's Harvard writings tell us about her politics

If Elise Stefanik goes to Washington, D.C., next year as the North Country's Representative -- and that's still a big if, given the big primary challenge from fellow Republican Matt Doheny and the Democratic campaign now forming around Aaron Woolf -- she'll make the journey eight years after leaving Harvard, where she studied at the Institute of Politics, serving as the student vice president of the Institute, and working as an editorial writer for the Harvard Crimson.

In the years since, Stefanik, now just 29, has worked hard to advance the policies and ideas of other Republican politicians, serving most notably under George W. Bush and Paul Ryan. But during her time at Harvard she wrote essays and gave interviews that offer some insight into her own values, her personality and her own political concerns (get to know today's Stefanik here.) Here are the big takeaways.  Go to full article
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik (at right) tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein.
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik (at right) tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein.

With GOP primary near, Stefanik cries foul

The race for the North Country's congressional seat has simplified a bit in recent weeks. Democrat Aaron Woolf, a seasonal resident of Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello, from Glens Falls, will both run unopposed after their primary opponents failed to qualify for the ballot.

But on the Republican side, the primary battle is more complicated and more bitter than ever. Elise Stefanik, a long-time seasonal resident of Willsboro who moved to the North Country last year. and Watertown businessman Matt Doheny, have been trading barbs and accusations.  Go to full article

No Green, Democratic primaries in NY21 race

It looks like there won't be primary contests for Democrats or Green Party candidates in this year's big North Country House race.

The state Board of Elections this week voted to disqualify Green Party candidate Don Hassig, a long-time environmental activist, and Democratic contender Stephen Burke from Macomb because of late or invalid petitions. Both men had hoped to appear on their party's ballots in the 21st District congressional race.

According to WWNY-TV, Burke has promised to challenge the ruling. But Hassig, who has run repeatedly on the Green Party line, told the station that he's not sure if he will fight the decision. If the rulings hold up, Democrat Aaron Woolf, a seasonal resident of Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello from Glens Falls will appear uncontested on the June primary ballot.

Republicans and Conservatives, meanwhile, face a fierce contest in their primary between Matt Doheny from Watertown and Elise Stefanik, who moved last year to Willsboro.  Go to full article

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