Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) “will also be on the Independence Party line in the November election, which could wind up as a factor in the election. Winning the endorsement of the Independence Party is significant for Stefanik … because the party is open to partnering with either Democrats or Republicans … Stefanik also had the Independence Party endorsement in 2014, as well as 2016.
“The Independence Party has consistently supported the Republican candidate in the 21st District race over the years, but … also supported … Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in 2014 and again this year.” (Plattsburgh Press-Republican)
A DEM BOWS OUT. Attorney Ronald Kim (D) announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the race.
Kim: “I have reluctantly decided to cease my efforts to win the nomination because I believe my continued efforts will only assist the current incumbent.”
“Kim also struggled with fundraising, reporting just $7,637 in fourth quarter contributions to the Federal Election Commission.”
Kim declined to endorse any of the seven Democrats seeking the nomination: environmental attorney Don Boyajian (D), former St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb (D), Adirondack North Country Association Deputy Director Emily Martz (D), oncologist David Mastrianni (D), former Bernie Sanders delegate Patrick Nelson (D), former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan (D), and businesswoman Katie Wilson (D). (Champlain Valley Sun Community News)