Previewing New York's House Primaries
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries had little reason to squash the idea that Barron was building momentum in the race, though. The hand-wringing over Barron's chances brought Jeffries a string of late endorsements, from Sen. Chuck Schumer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a photo opportunity with President Obama. Jeffries's campaign also capitalized financially, reporting over $260,000 in big-dollar donations in the last three weeks to further pad his significant fundraising advantage. Of course, anything can happen in a low turnout election, and there has been no public polling on the race. But for all the coverage of Barron over the last two weeks, little has changed to cast doubt on Jeffries' status as a strong frontrunner to replace Towns and a rising Democratic star. 18th District: Several Democrats are vying here for the nomination to take on freshman Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth in a district Obama won with 52 percent of the vote in 2008. Former Clinton and Spitzer aide Sean Patrick Maloney has deep ties within the party and a robust fundraising operation, and his prospects excite some upstate Democrats. But Maloney's ties to Spitzer's scandal-plagued gubernatorial administration are a problem, and Cortlandt Councilman Rich Becker has stronger local ties. Republicans might fear Maloney more, though: Former Gov. George Pataki's pro-Republican super PAC is hitting Maloney with robocalls leading up to primary day. 19th District: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already anointed ex-CIA attorney Julian Schreibman as its preferred standard bearer in GOP Rep. Chris Gibson's district, though Schreibman is opposed in the primary by county legislator Joel Tyner. Tyner's upstart bid has, to put it mildly, gone off whatever rails it was on in the past week, when his campaign treasurer resigned and said Tyner failed to report campaign contributions and spending. Tyner replied with a rambling email accusing his ex-staffer of inappropriate conduct. 27th District: Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins is expected to cruise to a Republican primary victory here and advance to a matchup with freshman Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul in the fall. But, as with Maloney in the 18th District, Collins's primary has exposed some weaknesses that Hochul could exploit in the general election. Iraq War veteran David Bellavia has mostly hit Collins from the right, but a few issues -- like Collins's wealth and refusal to release his tax returns -- might be applicable in the general, though Hochul will still have a tough road ahead.
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