New York House races give GOP hope for fall
HOMER, N.Y.—The GOP’s high hopes to retake control of the House this election year rests in part on winning support from some unlikely places, such as heavily Democratic New York State. Even there, Republicans have reason to be optimistic, because the Democrats’ hold on a half-dozen congressional districts appears to be slipping.
“There’s a heck of a lot of seats in play across the country, and Republicans won’t become a majority without winning something in New York,” predicted Tom Reynolds, a former congressman from the state who also once led the House GOP campaign operation.
Currently, two of New York’s 29 House members are Republicans. Yet pollsters and veteran in-state politicians see at least six House races where the GOP has a fair chance to win back seats—a sign of how quickly Democratic fortunes may be reversing after big gains in 2006 and 2008.
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