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NRCC looks to November
June 27, 2012 - Chris Morris
With Tuesday's primary barely in the books, the National Republican Congressional Committee isn't wasting any time looking ahead to the November election.
The NRCC issued a release this morning that examines all of the primary results in New York. In short, Republicans like their chances this fall:
"National Democrats were expecting their 'road to victory' to go through New York this November and made their success in retaking the House contingent upon running the table in the Empire State," the release says. "One needs to look no further than the landscape of competitive races and strong Republican candidates to see that Democrats are going to have to search for a different route in their drive to reclaim the House."
The release includes a preview of the race for New York's new 21st Congressional District. The focus is on incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny (who also has the Conservative and Independence party lines), although the release does make mention of Green Party candidate Donald Hassig of Colton:
"Bill Owens has already faced a serious challenger in businessman Matt Doheny in 2010, when he won only after spoiler Doug Hoffman took six percent of the vote away by running on the Conservative line. Doheny came within a hair of unseating Owens losing 46 percent to Owens' 48 percent. Not only will Hoffman not be on the ballot this year Owens will have to contend with a third party candidate, Donald Hassig, running on the Green Party line. Also, redistricting has made this the most Republican district in the state by registration."
Here's the rest of NRCC's take on the NY-21 race:
"It's also important to note that Owens has never received more than 50% of the vote in his district and unified support behind Doheny this cycle ensures that Owens cannot win with a simple plurality.
"This cycle, successful businessman Matt Doheny will be an even more formidable challenger and his experience as a candidate strengthens his chances in the fall. Doheny has become well known as a local advocate of less government intervention and more individual freedom. In stark contrast, Owens will have to run in this Republican leaning district as a partisan Democrat who has supported President Obama's failed agenda at nearly every turn. While Owens tries to hide his partisanship, his support for ObamaCare will be a weight around his neck in this North Country district. By announcing he will not go to the Democratic National Convention, Owens recognizes his hyper-partisan record is politically toxic in his new district. However, Owens can’t hide from the fact that he has voted with Obama up to 86% of his time in office."
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